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Ex-PTA president accused of filming child porn at school

David Michael Navarro, 37,  the former PTA president of Belfair Elementary School, was recently arrested by the FBI for allegedly filming the rape of a young girl he knew inside Belfair Elementary.

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Belfair Elementary School

BELFAIR — A child porn tape that surfaced in Europe in August shocked the small community of Belfair, Wash., and resulted in the arrest of an ex-PTA president.

Federal agents said the video was shot inside the Belfair Elementary School by David Navarro and was then uploaded to the Internet. The FBI arrested Navarro, who is in federal detention while an investigation is underway. District officials are working with the FBI on the case and the school’s superintendent spoke with federal agents Tuesday.

Navarro had passed a Washington State Patrol background check, the superintendent at North Mason School District said; he also passed a federal background check.

But the system that is in place isn’t foolproof: Navarro did have a past that should have come up on somebody’s radar — he had been investigated for child sex crimes in San Diego four years ago, but the charges were dismissed.

WSP said their background checks only contain information from Washington state, and if the investigation of Navarro had happened here instead of California, the school district would not have been given that information since he was not convicted of a crime.

“It’s the way the state laws are written,” Deborah Collinsworth, with WSP, said.

Collinsworth said only law enforcement officers can access criminal charges that don’t result in a guilty verdict and the information background checks reveal can be limited.

“All convictions of criminal history and all arrests under one year old,” she said. “However, if that individual had a DUI that was dismissed.”

Now, the North Mason School District is re-evaluating their system of how they conduct background checks on school volunteers. The district in Belfair plans to use a private company that can provide additional background information, especially for volunteers who haven’t lived in the area for at least three years.

The superintendent hopes to have the added background checks in place by the end of September.

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08/28/13

Ex-PTA president accused of making child porn in school

BELFAIR, Wash. — An ex-PTA president of an area elementary school is accused of filming a child rape in the halls of the school.

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Belfair Elementary School

David Michael Navarro, 37, the former PTA president of Belfair Elementary School, was recently arrested by the FBI for allegedly filming the rape of a young girl he knew inside the school.

Court documents show that police from Australia and Denmark discovered videos allegedly made in May of Navarro and an 8-year-old girl engaging in sexual acts. The foreign investigators used GPS data and locators to determine the videos were uploaded from Belfair and forwarded the information to child abuse investigators at the FBI. Investigators determined the videos were allegedly uploaded from Navarro’s email address.

The videos were created on an iPhone feature with a variety of different locations, including the elementary school, investigators said. Investigators contacted Navarro on Friday, and seized dozens of electronic devices. Two pairs of undergarments were also seized.

“It’s an awful thing to have to go through,” said David Peterson, superintendent of the North Mason School District, as he talked about the victim in the case. “And that someone used one of our schools to do this is alarming and disgusting.”

Peterson said he believes the child was sexually assaulted at the school during off hours, and as a PTA member, Navarro had access to the school key.

Navarro has several kids in the school system and has been heavily involved since moving to Mason County from San Diego in 2011.

He was investigated for child sex crimes in 2009 in San Diego, but the charges were dismissed.

Peterson said a background check on him turned up nothing.

Gene Johnson, who served with Navarro on another board in the North Mason School District, said, “I’m in shock; I would have never suspected.”

“He’s a very exuberant guy, always wants to be involved, everything was about the kids.”

A look at Navarro’s Twitter account shows what he calls “creepshots,” pictures taken of women from behind, one apparently in the school library.

Federal agents are also looking at his Facebook account and have already removed 10 computers from his home, a place where neighbors say he’s no longer welcome.

“I have grandkids; there’s lots of kids around here,” said Chet Loudin, who lives across the street from Navarro. “They need to get him out of here because we don’t want him in our neighborhoods.”

For now, Navarro remains in the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.

He is expected to be charged in federal court with production, distribution and possession of child pornography.

Local News
08/28/13

Ex-PTA president allegedly filmed child porn at elementary school

child-sexBELFAIR, Wash. — An ex-PTA president of an area elementary school is accused of filming a child rape in the halls of the school.

David Michael Navarro, 37 was the former president of Belfair Elementary School. According to court documents, Navarro was recently arrested by the FBI for filming the rape of a young girl he knew. He is expected to be charged in federal court with production, distribution and possession of child pornography.

It is not clear whether Navarro participated in the sex acts or if it was someone else. According to the Kitsap Sun, Navarro is the ex-president of the Belfair Elementary school PTA.

Court documents show that police from Australia and Denmark discovered videos allegedly made in May of Navarro and an 8-year-old girl engaging in sexual acts. The foreign investigators used GPS data and locators to determine the videos were uploaded from Belfair and forwarded the information to child abuse investigators at the FBI. Investigators determined the videos were allegedly uploaded from Navarro’s email address.

The videos were created on an iPhone feature with a variety of different locations, including the elementary school, investigators said. Investigators contacted Navarro on Friday, and seized dozens of electronic devices. Two pairs of undergarments were also seized.

Navarro was previously arrested in San Diego in 2009 for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, but charges were dismissed for lack of evidence, court documents show.

Navarro is expected to be in court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

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