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A 27-year-old Madras man was arrested on suspicion of child pornography Thursday, Oct. 15.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - MacKenzie 'Mack' BrownA 27-year-old Madras man was arrested on suspicion of child pornography Thursday, Oct. 15.

The preliminary charges against MacKenzie "Mack" Brown include one count of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.

On March 23, Facebook reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a video portraying child pornography was sent to a Prineville woman via Facebook Messenger.

The Oregon Department of Justice began investigating, and then Madras Police were assigned the case in June through the Internet Crimes Against Children data system.

The Department of Justice had determined that Brown sent the video, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Madras Police. The Madras Police officer then interviewed the woman who had received the video.

She said it was from a "random guy I didn't know" and showed a girl about 10 or 11 years old.

The officer asked if she knew anyone in Madras who would have sent the video to her, and she said the only person she could think of a guy named Mack, according to the affidavit.

The officer asked the woman how she knew Brown, and she said, "He just started talking to me."

The officer asked if he had sent her anything else, and she said he had sent her pornographic pictures of girls.

On July 7, Madras Police applied for and were granted a search warrant for Brown's residence and cell phone.

Brown told the officer he had post-traumatic stress disorder because of a homicide he witnessed in 2013, and that was in part why he was addicted to pornography, the affidavit said.

"In reference to the child pornography video that began this investigation, I told him it was apparent by his reaction at his home that he knew what this was about, and I told him to explain the video to me," the officer wrote.

Brown told the officer the video had been forwarded to him, and he forwarded it. He confirmed that he knew what was on it but said he did not know the age of the girl, the officer said. "Brown told me he knows he has a problem."

He said he forwarded the video to three or four people via Facebook Messenger, the officer said.

"I asked him that in the time since March, how many pictures or videos we would be looking at," the officer wrote. "He told me 'three, maybe four.' ... This was all in reference to child pornography."

The officer asked Brown if there were other photos of children on his phone, and he said, "Maybe," according to the affidavit.

An Oregon State Police detective examined Brown's phone and did not find the video that started the investigation. He found two pictures of child pornography and another nine images of "child erotica."

Madras Police then obtained a search warrant for Brown's Facebook account and found the video that started the investigation.

As of Monday, Oct. 19, Brown was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on $100,000 security. He is scheduled to be indicted Thursday, Oct. 22, after the grand jury meets in the case.


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