Man From Yelm Faces 18 Counts of Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 8/2/22

The trial date for a 56-year-old man from Yelm who is facing 18 counts of felony charges related to internet crimes against children has been set for August. 

Scott J. Haas was arrested  …

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Man From Yelm Faces 18 Counts of Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct

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The trial date for a 56-year-old man from Yelm who is facing 18 counts of felony charges related to internet crimes against children has been set for August. 

Scott J. Haas was arrested  by officers from the Yelm Police Department, with assistance from the FBI and the Washington State Patrol, on Nov. 24, 2021, following an investigation that lasted over a year, stated documents obtained by the Nisqually Valley News. Haas faces charges related to the alleged possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the first-degree.

The initial investigation began on Jan. 10, 2020. A detective from Vancouver, Washington was working the Cybertip line and received a lead from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The case was later transferred to the Yelm Police Department when it became apparent the suspect was located in Yelm, stated the documents.

The Cybertip was reported by Oath Holdings, a Yahoo account service provider, according to documents. They listed the incident as “child pornography” and provided the suspect’s main and alternate emails as well as a phone number, which were all reportedly associated to Haas, police documents state. The Cybertip also included 18 files of suspected and uploaded child pornography, according to police documents.

Search warrants to recover any instances of child pornography or depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct were served to Verizon, MSN, and Oath Holdings. The information the department received from Verizon was used to determine the suspect’s location after discovering Haas’ call records, documents state. MSN also returned emails to the Yelm Police Department that contained other sexually explicit material.

Based on the evidence at hand, the Yelm Police Department concluded there was probable cause to arrest Haas for violating RCW 9.68A.070, which relates to the sexual exploitation of minors.

On Nov. 22, 2021, a search warrant for Haas’ residence, garage and vehicle was secured by the Yelm Police Department. The department contacted Washington State Patrol and requested assistance with the warrant from the Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children’s task force.



The Yelm Police Department and the task force served the warrant at Haas’ residence at around 6 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2021, according to documents related to the investigation. Members of the Yelm Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Seattle Police Department, the Tacoma Police Department, and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office were present to conduct the search.

Haas was reportedly taken to the Yelm Police Department for questioning at approximately 6:26 a.m. on that day.

During the search warrant, law enforcement identified 23 different electronic items as they collected evidence, the documents state. The items included laptops, cell phones, SD cards and computer hardware storage devices.

According to police reports, Haas reportedly asked the officers why they were at his house, to which the officers replied that they investigate crimes against children. The detective reportedly told Haas they were specifically there because someone used the internet at his residence to upload sexually explicit images of minors, the documents state.

Once that was revealed, Haas said something about his “life being over,” the police report stated. Haas also reportedly stated he had not offended on a child and “that he never would.”

Once questioning concluded, Haas was transported to the Thurston County Jail on 18 counts of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the first-degree, stated the documents.

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