Union-Bulletin Court Report

A Walla Walla man entered a stipulated order of continuance Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court to the charge of first-degree viewing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Robert E. Bridwell, 69, was accused of the crime after the state Department of Corrections asked Walla Walla police to investigate several computers in his home on Nov. 29, 2017, records stated. He was under DOC supervision after serving prison time for a sexual exploitation of a minor conviction in 2013 in Columbia County. Part of that conviction included 41 months in prison.

More than 20 files of possible child abuse material and 33 child exploitative images were found during the 2017 search, records stated. However, the children’s ages were hard to determine.

He pleaded not guilty in May 2018 and was released on his own recognizance. His trial was delayed several times for various reasons.

Monday’s order, or pretrial contract with prosecutors, will last until Aug. 18, 2021. Noncompliance could result in going to prison. The stipulated order’s terms include Bridwell not commit similar crimes, perform 200 community service hours, obtain a mental health evaluation within 30 days, comply with DOC requirements from the Columbia County case, pay $100 to the Walla Walla County Clerk and notify the clerk of any address change.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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