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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