An Oregon man who was found guilty of encouraging child sexual abuse has received a slap on the wrist from the judge who sentenced the pedophile to just 90 days in prison and allowed him to serve his time behind bars “at his own convenience.”
On Wednesday, 27-year-old Scott Johnson of St. Helens, about 30 miles north of Portland, plead guilty to three counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree.
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The police report stated that Johnson was caught with a collection of videos of children being violently raped and tortured. The guilty plea represented the culmination of a two-year investigation.
The police probe began when the state Department of Justice alerted local authorities that child pornography had been uploaded on a messaging app in the St. Helens area.
Investigators then zeroed in on Johnson as a suspect and seized his phone, a police statement said.
A forensic investigation of the phone revealed that it contained child pornography. The nature of the evidence on the phone was particularly heinous. The video involved the “graphic sexual abuse and torture of young girls,” Fox News reported.
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Slay reports: When questioned, Johnson told authorities that “sometimes people will send him a message asking him if he wants to see something” and that they then sent him that material.
Investigators determined that Johnson received a series of links and continued to click on all of them, even after he knew that they would direct him to child porn. In an effort to reach a plea deal, Columbia County prosecutors offered Johnson a 60-month sentence.
However, Johnson rejected that offer and decided to take his chances with the judge.
“He just rejected our offer, pleaded guilty, and asked the judge for probation over our objection,” the district attorney’s office said.
That decision worked out in his favor.
According to a statement from St. Helens Police Department, “Johnson was ultimately sentenced to five years of probation and 90 days in jail to be served on weekends at his convenience.”
In Oregon, encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree is a Class B felony. The crime carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Johnson’s light sentence seems to follow a pattern of soft-on-crime policies in the state in recent years.
In April 2022, when she was still governor, Kate Brown (D) granted clemency to a murderer who had previously been sentenced to life without parole, putting a violent criminal back on the streets, and Portland had more murders in 2021 than at any other time in history.
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