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September 11, 2014

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Thursday, Sept. 11,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-25 A section of the Mason County Journal Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 - Serving the communities of Belfair, Allyn, Grapevlew, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore e 38-year-old faces 23 years in prison STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun corn Former Belfair Elementary PTA president David Michael Navarro was sentenced Mon- day to 23 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release in U.S. District Court in Taco- ma for four child-pornography charges. Navarro, 38, was arrested in August 2013 after an interna- tional investigation that traced a video posted on the Internet to Navarro's cellphone. Navar- ro was president of the Belfair Elementary PTA in the 2012- 2013 school year. "It is almost impossible to conjure up any offense more serious than what you've done," said U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle at Navar- ro's sentencing. '%Vords don't exist in the English language to describe this. Your sentence pales in comparison to the life- time of nightmares and psy- chological harm your victims will suffer." Navarro pleaded guilty in April 2014 to two counts of production of child pornogra- phy, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child por- nography. "The defendant is a danger- ous sexual predator," said Jen- nie A. Durkan, a lawyer with the Western District of Washington. "He preyed on children in a hor- rific fashion, even recording the sexual assault of a child in the hallway of an elementary school after a PTA event. We are safer because of this much-deserved prison sentence." According to the plea agree- ment, Navarro produced multi- ple videos of himself raping and molesting a young child. Some videos also show a second vic- tim. One victim was 8 years old. Law-enforcement investi- gations found more than 700 images and 157 videos of child see SENTENCED, page A-26 Herald photo by Natalie Johnson The North Mason School District is accepting applications for an advisory committee to help the school district decide the fate of the Mary E. Theler Community Center and Wetlands, The property has been placed on the district's surplus list. North Mason taking appfications until Monday By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, com North Mason residents will have an- other chance to influence the fate of the Mary E. Theler Community Center and Wetlands. The North Mason School District, which owns the center, is taking applications through Monday for a Theler Center Advi- sory Committee. "(Advisory committees) give the commu- nity a chance to have a say in the decisions the board makes beyond their (elected) rep- resentation," said Dana Rosenbach, North Mason School District superintendent. In June, before Rosenbach's tenure at the district began, the North Mason School Board voted to place the Theler Center on its surplus list. District property must be placed on the surplus list before it can be sold. "It's such a complicated issue. It's such a beautiful place," Rosenbach said. "We'd like to get all of our focus back on our job, which is primarily education." The Theler Center has been in limbo for nearly a year, after allegations of mis- management resulted in the suspension and subsequent firing of Executive Director Anne Whitman. The Mason County Sheriffs Office is conducting an embezzlement inves- tigation, but no charges have been filed. The Theler Center board of directors voluntarily terminated its lease with the school district on May 30. According to school-district estimates from last month, the inactive Theler orga- nization has more than $216,000 in debt, including $125,000 it owes in back taxes to the IRS. see THELER, page A-26 asks voters to dissolve old districts Formation of agency makes districts unnecessary NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun corn About 75 percent of Belfair and Tahuya resi- dents of Mason County fire districts 2 and 8 voted to create the North Mason Regional Fire Au- thority (NMRFA) last fall. Now that the NMRFA is established, residents need to vote in Novem- ber on dissolving the fire districts, said Chief Beau Bakken. "With the NMRFA now in full operation, providing all emer- gency services in North Mason, there is no lon- ger a need for the two fire districts to coex- ist with the NMRFA," Bakken said in a news release. The measure will be on the Nov. 4 general- election ballot. State law requires residents to vote to for- mally dissolve a fire dis- trict. The fire authority of- ficially began operating on Jan. 1, and since then has been successful, Bakken told the Jour- nal. "I would say that the transition has far ex- ceeded my lofty expec- tations of how well I ex- pected it to go," he said. "I think we have shown that the partnership ... truly is the best model see VOTE, page A-26