Sex predator investigation unit at the Oregon Department of Justice investigates cases across the state
Attorney General John Kroger today announced the arrest of a Eugene man on multiple child pornography charges.
"One of my very top priorities is protecting children from sexual predators," Attorney General Kroger said.
Corydon Wesley Sceva, 23, faces seven counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse and seven counts of second-degree encouraging child sex abuse. He is currently being held in the Lane County jail.
All criminal defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
In early October, America Online reported that images of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct had been uploaded from a computer and sent by email to another location.
The Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children unit (ICAC) investigated and traced the email address to a MySpace account. AOL reported additional uploading of child pornography by the same email address later in the month.
An ICAC special investigator served a search warrant Tuesday morning and arrested Sceva. Senior Assistant Attorney General Scott Jackson is prosecuting the case for the Department of Justice.
ICAC investigates and prosecutes predators throughout Oregon who use the internet to target and sexually exploit children. Budget cuts earlier this year threatened to end the program in Oregon, but Attorney General Kroger made restoring the funds a top public safety priority. This spring, Kroger announced that the Oregon Department of Justice had received a $665,000 federal stimulus grant to continue the program.
Since 2005, more than 100 internet predators have been convicted in Oregon as a result of ICAC investigations. Sex predator task forces operate in the Portland area and in Southern Oregon, but ICAC is the only program that is equipped with the necessary resources to catch sex predators throughout the state. ICAC works 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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