Neil Bryan McKinney faces 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the First Degree
Attorney General John Kroger today announced the arrest of an Oregon City man on child pornography charges.
Neil Bryan McKinney was arrested Wednesday after a search warrant was executed in Oregon City. The search warrant was served by special agents from the Oregon Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with the assistance of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. McKinney was arrested and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.
McKinney was arraigned today in Clackamas County Circuit Court. He will be prosecuted by the Oregon Department of Justice and the Clackamas County District Attorney’s office.
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.
This is the third major child pornography case in September for the Oregon Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit.
On Tuesday, Paul Pavlock pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the First Degree. The Pavlock investigation has led to 86 referrals in 20 states and 19 foreign countries. Two children have been rescued from abusive or exploitive situations and two men have been arrested based on tips generated from the case.
On Sept. 2, Brian Benjamin Berry pleaded guilty to 18 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in Marion County and was sentenced to 178 months in prison. The case was investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice and prosecuted by Marion County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Theobald.
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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