Attorney and youth baseball coach charged in child porn case

KENT, Wash. -- A local attorney and youth baseball coach was charged Tuesday with possession of child pornography.

David S. Engle, a 49-year-old family attorney from Maple Valley, is accused of buying nearly $3,000 worth of videos depicting young boys in sexually explicit situations, according to U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.

From 2005 to 2011, prosecutors believe Engle purchased 78 different items from an international movie production company that sold child pornography. It was through an investigation of that company, which has since been put out of business, that investigators first learned of Engle, Durkan said in a news release.

Engle was arrested Tuesday and made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court, where he was charged with receipt and possession of child pornography.

According to Durkan, Engle previously practiced law in Kent and has been heavily involved in youth baseball. Among other youth baseball activities, he is or was the District 4 Commissioner for the Southern Washington Babe Ruth Leagues and coach of the Mid-Sound Pilots Select Bronco baseball team for 11- and 12-year olds, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

If convicted, Engle faces a prison sentence of five to 20 years and a $250,000 fine. He remains detained pending a November 9 hearing.