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Ex-judge in Wash. charged with having child porn

A former judge in Walla Walla County has been charged with possessing child pornography.

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A former judge in Walla Walla County has been charged with possessing child pornography.

The Union-Bulletin reports ( that charges were filed Thursday against John Junke Sr., accusing him of several counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Junke will have a first appearance on Jan. 13.

A police report filed in court says child pornography was discovered after Junke took his computer to a store because it was running slowly. Authorities obtained a search warrant for Junke's home, and the police report says he eventually told officials that he had a long battle with viewing pornography that had spiraled out of control.

Junke served as a District Court judge from 1991 through 1994. During that time, the state's judicial conduct commission reprimanded him for losing his temper and improperly gathering evidence outside of a trial.

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