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Investigators: Kennewick salesman had 3,000 GB of child porn stored on hard drive

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Kennewick man who has spent decades working for his family's appliance store had a three-terabyte hard drive that was 99% full of child pornography, according to court documents. 

Daniel Bunch, 39, allegedly used his work computer at Bunch Finnigan Appliances to share extremely graphic videos and photos of young children being raped and molested. 

He was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday at his home where he lives with his wife. The family business's website says he also has a daughter. 

He's known at the store as "Dan, Dan, The TV Man" and has the most knowledge about computers among employees, according to the website and court documents. 

Detectives with the Southeast Regional Crimes Arrest Children (SER-ICAC) task force made the arrest after an investigation that started in October 2018, when the FBI became aware of an unknown person who distributed child pornography through several IP addresses. 

Investigators got a search warrant for the IP addresses, which linked them to Bunch Finnigan Appliances. They found evidence that someone had been sharing child porn at different times through various devices since February 2017. 

A detective monitoring the store learned someone was using one of those IP addresses at the store to share videos and photos of child pornography. Court documents say the files shared included children that appeared to be as young as 2 years old.

The detective flagged the IP address to let him know when the shared files would be available. 

On Thursday, he was notified of an active download on the flagged IP address. SER-ICAC members responded to the appliance store at about 11 p.m. and found that someone was accessing one of the store's main computers remotely.

The person was seen accessing different web pages, including Daniel Bunch's Facebook account. Detectives also found an external 3-terabyte (3,000-gigabyte), hard drive that was 99% full and a 10-terabyte (10,000-gigabyte) hard drive that was 2% full. 

About four hours later, SER-ICAC members served a search warrant at Bunch's home and arrested him on suspicion of possession and dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. 

After the arrest, Bunch denied accessing his work computer remotely but admitted that he was capable of doing so. 

A Benton County judge set his bail at $200,000 on Friday. If charged, his next court appearance will be July 17. 

 

Editor's note: We originally reported that Bunch was 38. 

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