Man pleads guilty to sex crimes against children

Sunlit skies are reflected on the water of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. NPS photo.
A collaborative investigation spanning several years resulted in the conviction of a man for crimes against children.

NPS photo of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.

News Release Date: January 26, 2016

Contact: Investigative Services Branch, (202) 379-4761

Update: Man sentenced to more than 12 years behind bars for committing sex crimes against children

A collaborative effort between the Port Angeles Police DepartmentOlympic National Park Rangers, and the Investigative Services Branch has resulted in the felony conviction of a man who committed multiple crimes against children. 

Their investigation began in 2012 after allegations of sexual assault were made by a juvenile against a local resident. Investigators conducted numerous interviews, executed two search warrants, and coordinated efforts with federal and state prosecutors. 

In January of 2014, John Holly Whitman of Port Angeles, Washington, was arrested and charged with 18 felonies and 11 misdemeanors in state court. Police records show that Whitman told investigators that he'd knowingly engaged in sexual activity with children as young as 11 years old; investigators also found digital media in Whitman's home that contained child pornography.

Whitman was sentenced in January to over 12 years behind bars and lifetime probation. He must also register as a sex offender. In December of 2015, Whitman pleaded guilty in state court to three felonies: Rape of a Child, Child Molestation, and Possession of Depiction of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct.



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Last updated: February 19, 2016