Between January and October 2020, the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received 28 Cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
The ICAC Task Force is made up of special agents and Assistant Attorney Generals from the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ). ICAC is tasked with the prevention, interdiction, investigation, and prosecution of Internet and computer-related state and federal crimes against children. Those crimes include the production, distribution, and possession of materials depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child or children.
Several subpoena’s were issued for IP addresses and wireless numbers used to upload several photographs and videos depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child or children. The information gathered by ICAC was forwarded to the Detective at Hood River Police Department as the IP address and wireless number used in these uploads came back to residences within the City of Hood River.
The Detective used the information gathered to identify the suspect in this case and obtained a search warrant for two residences in Hood River. On 12/01/2020 The Hood River Police Department, with the assistance of the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, served search warrants on two Hood River homes. Several pieces of electronic equipment were seized during the search. A male juvenile was arrested and lodged at NORCOR.
This press release is to remind the public that it is illegal under ORS 163.684/163.686 to knowingly develop, duplicate, publish, print, disseminate, exchange, display, finance, attempt to finance or sells a visual recording of sexually explicit conduct involving a child or possess to simply view is a felony crime within the State of Oregon.
Report suspicion of child sexual exploitation to your local police, your ICAC Task Force or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tip line (www.cybertipline.com or 1-800-843-5678).