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Man sentenced for receiving child pornography


A former vice principal at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School was sentenced in federal court Monday to seven years in prison for receipt of child pornography.

Nathan Piturachsatit, 38, pleaded guilty to the charge Nov. 29, 2016.

Sentenced by United States District Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr., Piturachsatit will be supervised by the court for 10 years after release and must register as a sex offender.

He also surrendered his iPhone, with which he had traded sexually explicit images with a 14-year-old Wisconsin girl using Instagram.

Piturachsatit was arrested at the school in February of 2016, after the girl’s mother contacted police in Wisconsin saying her daughter had received a package containing a shirt from Pink, a Victoria’s Secret affiliate, from a Spokane, Washington address.

The subsequent investigation was pursued as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Justice Department initiative to combat child sexual abuse, bringing together federal, state and local resources.

According to acting U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Harrington in Spokane, the investigation was conducted by a Homeland Security Investigations special agent and Janesville, Wisconsin police.

“Prosecuting offenders who entice minors to produce child pornography and receive child pornography is a priority of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington,” Harrington stated in a press release. “This Office is, and will continue to be, committed to prosecuting aggressively and seeking appropriate punishment for child pornography crimes.

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