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Friday, August 3, 2012 - Page updated at 05:30 p.m.
By Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times staff reporter
A former Seattle-area mental-health counselor who had worked with troubled youth was recently charged with possessing and dealing in child pornography. Malcolm Hayes McKay, 72, surrendered his health-care credentials in 2007 for a sexually explicit online chat with an adult who was posing as a teen.
McKay was never charged with a crime in the earlier case, but he was fired from the Ruth Dykeman Children's Center and surrendered his license as a counselor in 2007 after he sent "naked, graphic" photos of himself three years earlier, according to the state Department of Health. McKay thought the person he was chatting with was a 14-year-old boy.
In a 2005 letter to the Health Department, McKay said he had a "sexual addiction" that was "out of control," according to department records.
The new case dates to September 2009, when the Seattle Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit launched an investigation of McKay after an employee at YouTube filed a complaint with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to charges filed by King County prosecutors.
Detectives determined McKay uploaded seven videos to YouTube, six of which showed either teen or young boys engaged in sex with adult men, charging documents say.
McKay's computers, external hard drives, a digital camera and miscellaneous storage media and thumb drives were seized from his Seattle apartment, according to the charges.
Among the files found on the items seized under warrant were 152 files of a child who had previously been identified by law enforcement, the charges say. According to three of the file names and descriptions of the videos, it appears the boy was repeatedly videotaped while being sodomized by someone claiming to be his father.
McKay was charged July 20 with possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Prosecutors received the case from Seattle police June 14, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. It's unclear why it took almost three years for the case to be forwarded for a charging decision.
After pleading not guilty Thursday morning before Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle, McKay was ordered to report to the King County Jail to be fingerprinted, court records show. He spent less than an hour in custody before being released, according to jail records.
Before surrendering his credentials in 2007, McKay had a private practice, counseled troubled teens at the Ruth Dykeman Children's Center and worked as an educator for the Northwest AIDS Foundation. He was also listed as an educator for the Seattle Institute for Sex Therapy, Education and Research and was quoted several times in The Seattle Times on topics related to sexuality.
The earlier investigation did not turn up any evidence of inappropriate behavior with his clients.
Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or email@example.com
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