The Mason County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 67-year-old Belfair man for allegedly possessing more than 1 million images of child pornography. According to Chief Deputy Dean Byrd, Donald Ryan Oars was arrested about 7 AM Wednesday (1/4/12) at his home.
The arrest was the culmination of an over two-year investigation by the sheriff’s office, Washington State Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, and detectives from the Squaxin Island Tribal Police. In April 2009, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a family member who provided evidence that confirmed the crime. Byrd told MasonWebTV.com that the reason it took so long to make an arrest was due to the large volume of material. Investigators used a national data base to identify specific victims.
NO local victims have been identified. Oars has NO criminal history.
Byrd believes he was downloading these images off the internet or exchanging them with others.
The investigation continues and more arrests are possible.