Man facing child porn charges found dead in Bremerton Marina

Man facing child porn charges found dead in Bremerton Marina
Frank Edward McDonald
BREMERTON, Wash. -- A once-prominent Mason County man who was arrested last week on suspicion of possessing child pornography was found dead Tuesday near the Bremerton Marina.

In addition to his day job at Seattle Public Utilities, 52-year-old Frank Edward McDonald was a volunteer fire captain and an elected commissioner of the Mason County Public Hospital District.

He was arrested last Thursday following a months long investigation into child porn accusations. In December, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted local law enforcement to say a person in Belfair had twice uploaded images of minors engaged in explicit conduct from the Internet to a mobile device. The tip included a specific Verizon IP address registered to McDonald.

Investigators seized two mobile phones as well as other electronic equipment after a search of McDonald's Belfair home and his workplace in Seattle.

Multiple printed-out photos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct were also found in his home, including depictions of very young girls doing various kinds of sex acts with adults, according to court documents.

Court files say McDonald admitted after his arrest that he regularly views pornography on his computer and cellphone, but he that he was always looking for material depicting adults age 18 or over. He said he may have also downloaded images of minors, court documents say.

Bremerton police received a call at 11:18 a.m. on Tuesday after someone spotted a body floating near the marina. Police, along with members of the Bremerton Fire Department and the US Navy, recovered the body a short time later. Police say the body was McDonald and the likely cause of death was suicide.