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Spokane woman accused of producing child porn may have sent pictures to more than 100 people

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 9:18 p.m.

Jessica Cunnington, right, had bail set at $100,000 Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Spokane County Superior Court. (Jonathan Glover / The Spokesman-Review)
Jessica Cunnington, right, had bail set at $100,000 Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Spokane County Superior Court. (Jonathan Glover / The Spokesman-Review)

A Spokane woman told investigators she may have sent child pornography of family members to more than 100 people.

Jessica Cunnington, 27, was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree rape and molestation of a child, along with sexual exploitation of a minor. She remains jailed on $100,000 bond after her first court appearance Wednesday.

Her public defender requested that she be allowed to have contact with her estranged husband, Jason Cunnington, who was present in court along with several friends and family members.

A prosecutor indicated Jason Cunnington may be under investigation for interfering with the investigation. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price told the defendant via video conference in the jail that “given Jason is a significant witness in the case, I’m going to restrict that contact.”

Court records filed by prosecutors indicate Jason Cunnington knew of the child pornography production several weeks before his wife was arrested. Deputy Mark Gregory, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday detectives did not plan to immediately make a second arrest in the case.

“We have no information at this point that we’re looking at him for anything criminal,” he said.

In a search warrant filed Jan. 17 by Detective Kevin Richey, Jason Cunnington, who was not living with his wife at the time, reportedly told investigators Jessica Cunnington called him in late November and confessed that she received an email from Google saying she was under investigation by the FBI. She reportedly then told him she’d received child pornography.

About two weeks later in mid-December, Jason Cunnington told investigators his wife admitted she had done “something worse.” He said she took nude pictures of herself and a family member and sent them to people on the internet.

One of those people, 60-year-old Timothy Marchini, was arrested in October in Los Angeles County in connection with receiving images and videos from Jessica Cunnington. He’s facing a charge of violating the terms of his release as a registered sex offender.

On Jan. 2, detectives and Child Protective Services workers went to the Cunnington home on a domestic violence call and removed the couple’s children. During the incident, Jason Cunnington reportedly told a deputy the two began arguing because his wife admitted to sex abuse of a family member.

In a later interview with detectives, according to court documents, Jason Cunnington told investigators he didn’t believe his wife’s actions amounted to rape. Furthermore, he said, “Jessica just wanted one more Christmas with (the family members) before she turned herself in.”

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