Sirens & Gavels

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010, 6:23 P.M.

Man in ‘Helltop’ child porn bust pleads guilty

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Lance talks with Michael C. “Craig” McGuire, 55, on Tuesday.  McGuire is accused of possession and distribution of child pornography. (Meghann Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Lance talks with Michael C. “Craig” McGuire, 55, on Tuesday. McGuire is accused of possession and distribution of child pornography. (Meghann Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

A Spokane County man faces about a year in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography found during a raid at his trailer triggered by a New Hampshire detective last fall.

Michael C. “Craig” McGuire, 56, sent child pornography to a Keene, N.H., detective posing online as a 14-year-old boy.

The detective, who's responsible for hundreds of child pornography convictions around the world, called the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Spokane County detectives raided McGuire's trailer at the Hilltop Trailer Park, 5314 W. Sunset, Sept. 8. A manager said the park is known as the 'Helltop,' but he didn't expect McGuire would be the next resident arrested.

Prosecutors are recommending he serve a year in prison and be on probation for three years. He'll be prohibited from possessing devices capable of Internet access during probation and will have to register as a sex offender for life.

McGuire has no previous felonies. His public defender said today that McGuire attended University of California-Berkley before earning a degree in civil engineering from a Washington college.

McGuire, who remains in jail, is scheduled be sentenced June 3.

Past coverage:

Spokane man sent child porn to N.H. detective

Child porn bust triggered by 'foremost' expert on sex crimes

Suspect's home: Hilltop or Helltop?




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