North Bend man to be released this week after child porn prison sentence

A North Bend man convicted on felony charges of possessing child pornography is scheduled to be released from a state prison in Shelton on Wednesday, May 1.

Theodore Bernstein, 65, was arrested June 15, 2012, by King County sheriff’s deputies for investigation of possession of child pornography. He initially pleaded not guilty at his July 2 arraignment, but, after many continuances of his court case, he changed his plea to guilty at a Feb. 4 hearing. He was sentenced March 8, to 14 months in prison, with credit for time served.

Bernstein has been in jail since his arraignment, when the court granted him electronic home detention. However, bail was set at $50,000.

Bernstein was arrested last year after officers searched his home and found incriminating DVDs and writing.

The terms of his sentence, as outlined in his sentencing document, include 14 months in prison, three years in community custody, and no contact with any minors without permission from his treatment provider and community custody official for five years. His sentence requires him to receive “cognitive-behaviorally based, sex-offense treatment,” with weekly individual or group sessions for 12 to 18 months and to have an HIV test and counseling. He is prohibited from having access to the Internet without prior approval from his community custody officer, and from access to any computer, phone or online service that is not related to employment. Bernstein is also required to have no contact, direct or indirect, with minors, to hold no position of authority or trust involving minors, and to avoid parks, playgrounds, schools, and other places where children congregate.

As a sex offender, Bernstein will also be required to register his home address with the sheriff of his county within three days of residency. He will be required to register until the court formally notifies him he is no longer obligated to do so.

Bernstein was a substitute teacher in the Snoqualmie Valley School District prior to his arrest. The district suspended him in May.


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