Investigation Reveals Stash of Child Porn at Business

  • By Tri-City Herald
  • July 12, 2019

A Kennewick businessman accused of using his store’s computer network to access child pornography stopped talking to detectives once he realized the reason for his early morning arrest, documents show.

Daniel J. Bunch, 39, admitted having remote access to three computers at Bunch Finnigan Appliances and said he was the only person with that capability.

But when asked if he’d been online late Wednesday — at the same time that detectives were searching the East Columbia Drive business and noticed activity on a large, mounted monitor — Bunch denied it. Then, when detectives mentioned a laptop found hidden on top of a store safe, Bunch requested a lawyer, documents said.

Asked for a second time if he knew why detectives had brought him in for questioning, Bunch this time answered, “I do now.”

The interview then ended and Bunch was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of two counts each of possessing and dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The Kennewick father has been described by investigators as “a big fish in the distribution game of child pornography.”

A 3 terabyte (TB) external hard drive connected to the concealed laptop was 99 percent full of child pornography images and videos and a 10TB external hard drive was 2 percent full, according to documents filed in court Friday.



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