Crime

Fellow sex offenders turn in ‘non-practicing pedophile’ for child porn

William Everett Duncan
William Everett Duncan

Residents at the transitional housing for sex offenders were concerned about William Everett Duncan.

The 75-year-old is a Level 3 sex offender, those deemed most likely to reoffend, and until 2012 had been committed to the state’s facility on McNeil Island for sexually violent predators.

Then, in July, others at the transitional housing where Duncan was living in Tacoma saw him with child pornography and alcohol in his room, according to charging papers.

One one resident said Duncan had introduced himself as a “non-practicing pedophile,” the documents state.

Their reports led to new charges Friday, and Duncan pleaded not guilty at arraignment to three counts of first-degree possession of child pornography.

Retired Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper, filling in on a temporary basis, set bail at $1 million.

Court records didn’t list an attorney for Duncan.

Charging papers give this account of his criminal history:

The first sexual offense on his record was in 1960, when he assaulted a Cub Scout who came to his door to sell tickets.

In 1981, he molested an 8-year-old, and later was committed to the Special Commitment Center — where the state sends sexually violent predators after they have served their prison time — until 1986.

Duncan’s crimes continued in 2000, when he molested a toddler he was babysitting. He was committed to the SCC again six years later, and released in 2012.

At some point, he had convictions for exposing himself.

Mental health professionals who evaluated him over the years said they believed there was a high risk he would reoffend, even though he’s had several decades of sex offender treatment.

“The defendant has over 40 years of sexual offending history and his offending has taken place both while in and out of sex offender treatment,” Deputy Prosecutor Erica Eggertsen wrote in the declaration for determination of probable cause Friday.

After Duncan’s fellow residents at the transitional housing reported seeing him with child porn, police investigated and found it Thursday on a digital camera in his night stand.

The images appeared to be photos of other photos, which showed children being sexually exploited.

Investigators also took a computer, CDs, thumb drives, a video game console, a hard drive, and a cellphone to be analyzed.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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