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Oregon father and son charged with sex crimes

U.S. Marshals arrested an Oregon father and his son on sexual abuse charges recently. The pair allegedly abused a six-year-old child two years ago near Auto, Oregon. Police say they suspect that the 61-year-old father and his 35-year-old son have also abused other victims. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested the alleged offenders after a long federal investigation in Hubbard. Both men are in custody in the Clackamas County Jail.

The county sheriff's Child Abuse Team worked with the county's Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team, the Oregon Department of Human Services and the FBI's Portland Division to investigate the father and the son. Authorities accuse the men of abusing a family member in their home and acccuse the father of distributing child pornography. The father and son are facing two counts of first-degree sexual abuse each. In addition, the father faces 26 counts of promoting sexual abuse of a child, and his bail was set at $500,000. The son's bail was set at $250,000.

Oregon has statutes that clearly define the degrees of the visual recording of the sexual conduct of children. Internet crimes like possession and distribution of child pornography are considered felony or misdemeanor offenses, depending on the degree of the crime. The punishments for such crimes can carry significant financial penalties and jail time.

A person accused of possession of child pornography should consult a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who can build a solid defense strategy. It must be stressed that these men do not need to prove their innocence; the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: Oregon Live, "Father, son arrested in Hubbard on accusations of abusing 6-year-old," Rick Bella, June 19, 2013

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