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Level 3 sex offender charged with possession of child porn

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TACOMA, Wash. -- A 76-year-old man with a criminal history of abusing children dating back decades was charged Friday with three counts of possessing child pornography.

A judge set bail for William Everett Duncan at $1 million.

Duncan is a Level 3 sex offender, and on July 13, one of the residents where Duncan lived reported he caught Duncan viewing pictures of naked children a week earlier. The resident said he was concerned because Duncan had several bottles of alcohol and thought he may be back "in cycle," according to Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Another person living with Duncan reported he saw pictures of naked children on Duncan's computer on many occasions.

On Thursday, detectives served a search warrant and obtained a camera that contained apparent screen-shot photos of children engaged in sexual acts with other children and adults -- some kids as young as 3-5 years old, Lindquist said.

Other electronic devices were taken from his room to be scanned for evidence and Duncan could face more charges depending on what they find, Lindquist said.

“Nothing is more important than protecting our children,” Lindquist said in announcing the charges Friday. “We charged the defendant with aggravators, and he is facing a possible life sentence.”

Lindquist says Duncan has a criminal history of abusing children dating back to 1960.

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