A 52-year old Selah man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.

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Jason William Cathcart was sentenced to 30 years less 5-years, already spent in custody, for a final term of 25-years. The court also imposed a lifetime term of court supervision after Cathcart is released.

Back in 2016, a witness reported to the Selah Police Department that a minor was molested by Jason Cathcart. The witness had walked in on Cathcart and the minor. Cathcart turned himself in. He was arrested and convicted of 1st-Degree Child Molestation. Cathcart was sentenced to life with a minimum of 10-years of confinement.

After a federal investigation, it was learned that Cathcart had images of child pornography and that he had produced sexually explicit images involving two minors, including the minor he molested.

According to a press release:

Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Harrington said, “The lengthy sentence imposed today
demonstrates the severity of Cathcart’s criminal conduct. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington is committed to protecting vulnerable victims and prosecuting individuals who engage in conduct in which they attempt to produce child pornography and sexually exploit children. I commend the outstanding work of our federal, state, and local partners who worked collaboratively in the investigation of this case.”

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