Federal Way man arrested for dealing child porn via web

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force (MECTF) arrested a Federal Way man Tuesday for dealing in large amounts of sexually explicit material involving minors.

Joel Adrian Kelley-Scholz, 29, was taken into custody without incident.

The investigation originated after detectives discovered files containing known child pornography were being traded across the internet. Upon further investigation, a search warrant was issued and directed detectives to a residence in Federal Way.

Detectives executed a search warrant on the Federal Way home on Tuesday morning and arrested two occupants; one for the investigation of dealing in sexually explicit conduct involving a minor and another man on an unrelated outstanding felony warrant.

During the search warrant, detectives seized digital media devices from the residence.  A forensic preview of some of the devices confirmed the presence of illegal images.

Kelley-Scholz was booked into the King County Jail on multiple charges of dealing and possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

MECTF is a multi-agency task force within the WSP, comprised of detectives from the WSP and the Lakewood and Shelton Police Department’s MECTF provides support to local agencies across the state in cases involving missing and abducted children and child exploitation.

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