Child pornographer gets 30 years

By on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

SPOKANE – Jason William Cathcart, 52, of Selah is sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after he entered a guilty plea to two counts of production of child pornography. His sentence is to be reduced by five years, because of the amount of time he has lived in state custody. He will also be under court supervision for the rest of his life after he is released.

The case began when a witness reported to the Selah Police Department that a child had been molested by Cathcart in March 2016. The witness walked in on the defendant and the child when they were partially nude. Cathcart turned himself into police admitting he engaged in sexual acts with a child. He was arrested and later convicted on state charges of first-degree child molestation and he was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 10 years in prison.

A federal investigation was mounted, and it was determined that devices seized from Cathcart’s home contained images of child pornography that he had produced involving two children, including the one involved in the state case. Over 2,000 additional images of child pornography were located on his devices, which had been mailed, shipped, and/or transported across state lines.

In addition to residing in Selah, Cathcart was also a resident of Las Vegas.