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Astoria man charged with encouraging child sex abuse

Allegedly duplicated 18 sexually explicit pictures of children
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 21, 2017 2:31PM

An Astoria man pleaded not guilty Thursday to numerous charges related to child pornography.

John Lee Kidwell, 42, was arrested earlier this week and charged with 18 counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse. The charges stem from 18 pictures he allegedly duplicated in May that display children in a sexual manner.

Kidwell is being held at the Clatsop County Jail and bail has been set at $500,000. He has been scheduled for an early resolution conference in January.


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