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Portland Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Producing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. — Rodger Strampher, 30, of Portland, Oregon, was sentenced to 18 years in prison today by United States District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty, for producing images of a child being sexually abused. On June 25, 2012, Strampher pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography. Upon release from custody, Strampher will serve a 20-year period of supervised release. During his supervised release, he must abide by a number of conditions, which include a sex offender assessment and treatment program, no contact with minors without approval, restricted access to computers and the Internet, and registration as a sex offender.

“Protecting our children remains one of the highest priorities of my office,” said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. “We will use every resource available to hold those accountable who prey on the most innocent and vulnerable members of our communities.”

The case arose in connection with the investigation of Michael Marceau and Lisa Ford, a local couple who are currently serving 49-year and 46-year federal prison sentences for producing child pornography. In the course of that investigation, Department of Homeland Security agents found on Marceau’s computer images of a young child being sexually abused. Data embedded in the images indicated the images were taken with an iPhone on March 2, 2009, and the data also revealed the location of the iPhone at the time the images were taken. Agents traced the images to Strampher, and learned that he had produced the images and then traded the images with Marceau via email.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacie F. Beckerman.

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