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Originally published Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:42 PM

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Ex-judge pleads guilty in child-porn case in Walla Walla

A former judge pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing child pornography.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

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WALLA WALLA — A former district court judge pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing Internet child pornography on personal-computer devices last year.

John P. Junke Sr. entered guilty pleas in Walla Walla County Superior Court to two counts of first-degree and four counts of second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, as charged.

Visiting Superior Court Judge David Frazier from Whitman County likely will pronounce the sentence later this month.

Meanwhile, Junke, 70, is being held in the county jail.

Junke is acting as his own attorney, and Frazier asked him several times at Tuesday’s hearing if he wanted to consult another lawyer.

“I’m not here for a pity party,” Junke said. “I understand the consequences. I want to proceed.”

He said it always was his intention to plead guilty and seek treatment. With moments of tears welling and voice cracking, Junke admitted he possessed the child pornography on his computer devices. Illegal images were detected by a repair-shop technician Sept. 9.

The state’s standard-range punishment for the crimes is 6½ to 8½ years in prison. But in a plea agreement, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joe Golden is recommending Junke be sentenced under a sex-offender alternative.

That alternative allows for a county jail term of up to a year and a requirement that a defendant complete three years of outpatient treatment at his or her expense.

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