Man held on $100,000 bail for child porn

An Oak Harbor man admitted to having “multiple gigabytes” of child pornography on his computer and fantasizing about bringing a grade-school-age girl to his home to rape, according to court records.

Blake Savage, 18, also told police that he was investigated by Homeland Security for child pornography last year at his family’ home in Arizona; he moved to Oak Harbor with family members in June.

Savage appeared in Island County Superior Court last Wednesday. Judge Alan Hancock found probable cause existed to believe Savage committed the crime of possession of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Hancock set his bail at $100,000, saying Savage presents a substantial danger of committing a violent crime and a risk of flight.

Prosecutors charged Savage in Island County Superior Court Sept. 12 with three counts of possession of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

If convicted of the charges, he could face from 33 to 43 months in prison under the standard sentencing range.

On Aug. 18, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported to a detective with the Island County Sheriff’s Office that someone with an IP address on Whidbey Island had uploaded child pornography on a file-sharing website, according to the police report on the case.

The detective traced the suspect to an apartment on East Whidbey Avenue. Oak Harbor police served a search warrant on the location Sept. 10.

Savage agreed to speak with investigators. He admitted to police that he downloaded pornographic images and video of children as young as newborns, including video of very young girls being raped, the report states. He admitted to seeking out pornography involving dead girls or girls being killed, the officer wrote.

Savage said he fantasized about bringing a 7-year-old girl to his home for sex but said he would never act on it, the reports states.

Hancock ordered Savage to stay away from minors.

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