King County dentist facing child porn charges -- again

By LEVI PULKKINEN
SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF

By any measure, Marc Joondeph got a pretty good deal six years ago.

Caught trading sexually explicit e-mails with child patients and downloading child pornography, the Covington dentist pleaded guilty to three felonies and received a first-time offender waiver that would have kept him out of prison.

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Marc Joondeph

Joondeph was sentenced to two months in jail and lost his medical license. His freedom, though, could have remained largely intact.

Instead, the 63-year-old is housed at the Monroe Correctional Complex and, as of earlier this month, facing additional child pornography charges.

In charging documents filed Feb. 18, King County prosecutors claim Joondeph used his reprieve to continue downloading child porn and contacting teens over the Internet.

In September 2007, Yahoo employees filed a suspicious activity report with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which acts as a clearinghouse for reports of child sexual abuse. Detectives with a Puget Sound task force tracked the Yahoo account to Joondeph's Puyallup home, which officers searched two months after the Internet provider reported the suspected child pornography.

Joondeph was arrested and found to have violated the terms of release imposed when he received a suspended four-year sentence in 2004. He was placed in Department of Corrections custody, where he remains.

Reviewing computer equipment seized in the search Joondeph's home, investigators found 729 images suspected to show the sexual abuse of children. According to charging documents, photos were recovered of at least 20 children identified by law enforcement.

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