Allen Leroy McCasland faces a total of 20 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse
Attorney General John Kroger today announced the arraignment of a Florence man on child pornography charges.
Allen Leroy McCasland (DOB: 1/28/44) was arraigned today in Lane County Circuit Court on 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and 10 Counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. After the arraignment, McCasland was lodged in the Lane County jail.
Special Agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of the Oregon Department of Justice, with the assistance of the Florence Police Department, served a search warrant at McCasland’s residence in Florence on June 24, 2010. McCasland will be prosecuted by the Oregon Department of Justice.
A criminal indictment is merely an allegation. Every criminal defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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.
The Oregon Department of Justice ICAC unit 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.
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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