Prominent Mason Co. man arrested on child porn

BELFAIR, Wash. - A prominent Mason County man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

The Kitsap Sun reports that 52-year-old Frank Edward McDonald is a volunteer fire captain and an elected commissioner of the Mason County Public Hospital District.

His daytime job is at Seattle Public Utilities, where he is a maintenance, planning and scheduling manager.

 Frank E. McDonald


McDonald was arrested Thursday and made his initial court appearance Friday.

Investigators were led to McDonald after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that in December 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 his 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.