WCSO Detective Robert Rookhuyzen honored by FBI
A Washington County Sheriff's Office detective was recently honored by the FBI for his role in catching and prosecuting a child predator who was active in Forest Grove in 2016.
Detective Robert Rookhuyzen was given the FBI Director's Award for Distinguished Service last month. The detective was involved in the international investigation of Steven Douglas Rockett, who was sentenced to 45 years in prison for a variety of sex crimes involving international children and 52.5 years for similar crimes in Oregon.
Accoring to prosecutors, Rockett secretly recorded naked children at his homes in Aloha and Forest Grove, and recorded children in the Philippines.
Investigators, including Forest Grove police, Sheriff's Office detectives and FBI investigators, searched Rockett's home and seized computer equipment. Investigators found a pinhole camera hidden in the wall of the home's guest bedroom and another camera hidden inside a clock radio.
Rockett sexually exploited at least 22 children, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon.
Rookhuyzen was previously honored — along with Forest Grove police detectives Mike Hall and Matt Smith, among others — by the Oregon Peace Officers Association in 2016 for his role in the investigation and prosecution of Rockett.
Rockett is currently serving time at a federal prison in Tucson, Ariz.
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