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Former Portland Police Officer Sentenced to Five Years in Child Porn Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. - A former Portland Police Bureau Officer was sentenced to five years in federal court today for receiving child pornography.  Scott Edward Elliott, 51, pleaded guilty, admitting that in the fall of 2009, he received several images of child sexual abuse during a yahoo chat session.  Several of those images involved infants, and children under the age of 8 subjected to masochistic sexual contact by adult males.  According to the prosecutor, Assistant U. S. Attorney Kelly Zusman, Elliott’s chat logs reveal that he “enthusiastically” received the images, and asked for more.

Elliott was arrested in March of 2011 as the result of an on-line, undercover operation in which a Multnomah County detective posed as an underage girl in a romance chat room.  Elliott spent several months engaging in online sexual conversations with the detective posing as the girl, and he encouraged her to watch him on a webcam and to sexually stimulate herself while she did so.  Eventually, Elliott tried to arrange a meeting, and he urged the girl to send him a nude photo of herself.  He was arrested shortly thereafter, and officers discovered a thumb drive in his pocket that contained images of child sexual abuse.  State charges were eventually dismissed in lieu of the federal prosecution.  Elliott voluntarily agreed to resign from the Portland Police Bureau, and he has remained in federal custody since his arrest.  In imposing sentence, Judge Anna J. Brown noted Elliott’s “long, decorated service as a Portland officer,” and commented that he had done everything he could to “atone” for his conduct.  Elliott will serve a five-year term of supervised release after his prison term, and will be required to register as a sex offender.

The case was investigated by Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the INTERCEPT Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Zusman handled the prosecution of the case.

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