Internet Crimes Unit Arrests Suspect for Encouraging Child Sex Abuse

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April 29, 2022 12:30

  

After a month-long investigation led by Portland Police Bureau’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, a suspect has been arrested and charged with 12 felony crimes related to child pornography and luring a minor.

In March of 2022, the Portland Police Bureau became aware of a suspect who may be in possession of child sex abuse imagery. After an investigation, they determined that Kellen D. Nicholson, 18, of Portland, possessed and duplicated child pornography, and then connected online to a 13-year-old victim and engaged in illegal conduct. Nicholson was grooming the victim using online chat rooms and appears to have purposely targeted the victim based on many factors including their LGBTQ2S+ identity. The family of the minor victim was not aware of this online behavior and was grateful for PPB's intervention.

On April 29, 2022, Nicholson was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges including:

-Five counts of Encouraging Sex Abuse in the First Degree (duplication of child sex abuse imagery)
-Five counts of Encouraging Sex Abuse in the Second Degree (possession with intent to view)
-Luring a minor (inducing the minor or purported minor to engage in sexual conduct)
-Online Sexual Corruption of a Child In the Second Degree (knowingly uses an online communication to solicit a child to engage in sexual contact or sexually explicit conduct)

April is Child Abuse Awareness month. For current resources on online safety, child abuse awareness, age appropriate education, and to make a report of suspicious online behavior, please visit https://www.missingkids.org/HOME .

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