Dundee man charged in child pornography case
A Dundee man was arrested in late October on allegations he accessed child pornography for the purpose of self-gratification and to disseminate it to others.
Harold Brown Jr., 63, of 179 S.W. Seventh St. Apt. 9, was arrested Oct. 25 by officers from the McMinnville Police Department.
His arrest followed a grand jury indictment that resulted in five counts each of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and encouraging sexual assault of an animal. Both charges are felonies.
A lengthy investigation by MPD detectives determined that on dates in 2015, 2016 and this year, Brown accessed online child pornography with the "intent to develop, duplicate, publish, print, disseminate, exchange, display, finance, attempt to finance or sell the visual recording while knowing or being aware of and consciously disregarding the fact that creation of the visual recording of sexually explicit conduct involved child abuse," according to an indictment filed in the case in October.
Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said the MPD began the investigation when it identified an IP address within the county that was accessing child porn. The Newberg-Dundee Police Department later joined in the investigation of Brown, Berry said, which resulted in the indictment by a grand jury in October, and the subsequent warrant for his arrest.
The indictment listed dates in August 2015, February 2016 and March and August of this year when Brown allegedly downloaded sexually explicit videos of child pornography with names such as "Young Video Models," "Classic ls magazine – 2 girls," "Anya & Masha," "Ls-magazine LS models" and "Lolitaguy LS Magazine Issue 16."
The indictment further alleges that Brown accessed on five dates "a visual recording of a person engaged in sexual conduct with an animal."
Brown came before Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge John Collins on Oct. 31 for a hearing.
He was initially housed in the Yamhill County jail on $75,000 bail, but was granted conditional release on Oct. 31 with stipulations that he not possess electronic devices or have access to the Internet and the he have no contact with minors or enter areas where minors commonly congregate, such as a schools, parks, churches, fast food restaurants, etc.
His next court date, a plea hearing, is set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6 with Judge Ronald Stone presiding. He is represented by McMinnville attorney Alicia Eagan.