TILLAMOOK -A Nehalem man has been indicted on child pornography charges. Douglas Wayne Chandler, 37, was arraigned Friday in Tillamook County Circuit Court on five counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree and five counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree. A grand jury indicted him the day before.
Chandler was taken into custody and bail was set at $100,000. If he posts bail, Chandler is prohibited from having any contact with children, including his own, and he may not possess a computer. The next appearance in this case is scheduled for Monday.
Special agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of the Oregon Department of Justice, with assistance from the Oregon State Police and Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, served a search warrant at Chandler's residence July 20.
"Putting child pornographers behind bars is one of my highest priorities," said Attorney General John Kroger. "I want to thank the Oregon State Police and the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office for their excellent work."
Senior Assistant Attorney General Rachel Bridges is prosecuting the case for the Oregon Department of Justice.
Kroger's top legislative priority in 2011 was to fix Oregon's child pornography law, which was weakened earlier this year by a pair of court rulings. Senate Bill 803, which clarified that intentionally viewing child pornography is a crime, was overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature.
The public is strongly encouraged to report information involving online sexual exploitation of children to their local law enforcement agency or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at cybertip-line.com or by calling (800) 843-5678. Tips can be submitted anonymously.