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Men sentenced for photographing semi-naked girls

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

Two men who pleaded guilty last November to participating in a scheme to take pictures of topless teenage girls in Federal Way were scheduled to be sentenced yesterday in King County Superior Court.

James C. Dekluyver, 23, of Tacoma, was facing more than three years in prison and up to four years of probation for sexual exploitation of minor girls authorities said he photographed at the Star Shots photo studio at SeaTac Mall in late 2001.

David C. Brown, 28, of Tacoma, who was a manager at Star Shots, was facing a little more than two years in prison and up to four years probation for his part in the scheme.

King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng asked the judge to order both men to obtain a sexual deviancy evaluation and treatment after their release. They must register as sex offenders when they’re released from prison.

Maleng also asked the judge to stipulate both men must get permission from their probation officers or treatment providers to work any job that involves taking pictures.

After his arrest, Dekluyver told police Brown served as a look-out while he was taking photos of the girls and stood in front of printing machines so customers wouldn’t see the explicit photos printing.

Federal Way Police arrested the men after the parents of a friend of one of the girls found some of the pictures and called the police.

Dekluyver initially was charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for soliciting several 14- and 15-year-old girls, some of whom he nicknamed Vixen, Flash and Alaska, to pose nude individually and together in exchange for free photos.

He admitted he knew the girls’ ages and said he removed the photos from the studio and destroyed them so he wouldn’t get caught with any evidence, according to charging papers.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and ejahn@fedwaymirror.com

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