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Man charged after child porn stash found in external ‘gingerbread tree’

The ‘treehouse’ in the state of Washington is Snoqualmie National Forest.

(Q13Fox via FBI)

KING COUNTY, Wash. – A Washington State Department of Natural Resources employee searching for a long-rumored “gingerbread tree house” in the Snoqualmie National Forest to find in the house – and inside of a cache of child pornography that led to a man’s arrest.

Daniel M. Wood, 56, is facing child pornography charges in King County Superior Court after an FBI investigation tied him to the tree house and dug up more child pornography in Mill Creek his home, according to court documents.

A summons was issued for Wood to appear in court March 26, and he was ordered not to have contact with minors.

According to the court documents, the DNR employee said that he had heard about the tree house for years, and tried to find it in a total of five times. Finally, in November 2016, he found what he described as “an elaborate tree-house that looked like a fairy tale or gingerbread house” about eight feet above the ground. It was built illegally on federal land in the Snoqualmie National Forest.

Screwed to the walls in the tree house were framed photos of young naked girls. There was also an envelope with more pictures of naked and scantily clad underage girls who appeared to be as young as eight.

He reported it to the King County Sheriff’s Office and set off an investigation that would ultimately involve the FBI.

A search and rescue volunteer who knows the area and told the researchers that he had come into the cabin a few times, and that he had seen a Toyota FJ Cruiser parked nearby. He had the license plate number for the Toyota, and the researchers maintained that Wood’s house.

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