Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Oregon Pastor Indicted for Producing and Transporting Child Pornography



An Oregon man made his initial appearance in Denver for production and transportation of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer of the District of Colorado.

James Parkhurst, 56, of Portland, Oregon, was arrested in Oregon on Aug. 2, 2016, on a federal criminal complaint charging one count of production of child pornography.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in the District of Colorado on Aug. 23, 2016, and appeared yesterday in U.S. District Court in Denver.

According to the indictment, Parkhurst, a pastor, produced images of child pornography in August 2010 and then transported those images using a means of interstate commerce.   

The charges and allegations contained in an indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated this case with assistance from investigative analysts in the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section’s (CEOS) High Technology Investigative Unit.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Oregon also provided assistance in the investigation.  CEOS Trial Attorney Herbrina D. Sanders and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alecia L. Riewerts of the District of Colorado are prosecuting the case.

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