Astoria man receives 18-month prison sentence after being convicted of 18 child pornography counts
Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis and Attorney General John Kroger today announced the conviction and sentencing of an Astoria man on 18 child pornography counts.
"It's important to prosecute these cases because this sort of pornography cannot exist without the actual sexual exploitation of a child," said District Attorney Marquis.
Charles Pugh, 61, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison. He was convicted in July of 18 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree.
Child pornography dating back to 2001 was seized from the defendant's computer in 2007.
Senior Clatsop County District Attorney Dawn Buzzard prosecuted the case.
Pugh's arrest and conviction followed an investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice's Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) unit, which investigates and prosecutes predators who use the internet to target children for sexual exploitation. The unit works with district attorneys, law enforcement agencies and regional task forces that investigate online predators. Budget cuts threatened to end the program in Oregon, but Attorney General Kroger made restoring funding a top public safety priority. Last month, Kroger announced that the Oregon Department of Justice had received a $665,000 federal stimulus grant to keep the program running.
Since 2005, more than 100 internet predators who targeted Oregon children or operated in Oregon have been convicted as a result of ICAC investigations.
ICAC is the only program in Oregon that is equipped with the necessary resources to catch sex predators throughout the state. The ICAC unit has worked in cooperation with more than 160 law enforcement agencies around Oregon.
Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.
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