David Feathers pleaded guilty to nine counts
Attorney General John Kroger today announced the sentencing of a Molalla man who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and child pornography.
"This tough sentence sends a strong message that preying on children is unacceptable and will be punished," said Deputy Attorney General Mary Williams.
David B. Feathers (DOB: 2/12/64) faced charges in Multnomah and Clackamas counties. He pleaded guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court to Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, Rape in the Second Degree, Sodomy in Second Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree and Attempted Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.
Feathers pleaded guilty in the Clackamas County case to Rape in the First Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree and two counts of Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit.
As a result of the guilty pleas, Feathers was sentenced to 355 months in prison.
The Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit initiated the investigation on March 2. Assisting in the investigation was the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team, an interagency task force comprised of detectives from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the Gresham Police Department and the Portland Police Bureau.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez and Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Russell Amos prosecuted the case.
ICAC investigates and prosecutes predators who use the internet to target and sexually exploit children. The unit works with district attorneys, law enforcement agencies and regional task forces that investigate online predators. ICAC is the only program in Oregon that is equipped with the necessary resources to catch sex predators throughout the state.
Budget cuts last year threatened to end the program in Oregon, but Attorney General Kroger made restoring the funds a top public safety priority. As a consequence of Kroger's efforts, the Oregon Department of Justice received a $665,000 federal stimulus grant to keep the program operating.
From 2005 and 2009, 138 internet predators were convicted as a result of ICAC's work.
The public is strongly encouraged to report information involving on-line sexual exploitation of children to their local law enforcement agency or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.cybertipline.com or by calling 1-800-843-5678. Tips can be submitted anonymously.
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, promote a positive business climate, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.
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