PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A former Beaverton middle school teacher who absconded to Mexico after being convicted of child pornography was back in U.S. District Court Wednesday to change his plea to a federal charge related to his escape.
Storm plead guilty to one count of failure to appear in federal court. The charge comes with a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised. He initially plead not guilty on April 19.
On Jan. 29, the former Stoller Middle School teacher was convicted on one federal count of possession of child pornography. However, the following day, he removed his court-ordered monitoring bracelet and failed to appear for a detention hearing. The bracelet was found that same day at Lewis and Clark State Park near Troutdale. He had been staying with his parents in Southeast Portland.
In February, a silver-colored Volkswagen Jetta believed to have been driven by Storm was discovered in Los Angeles.
On March 11, the Federal Ministerial Police, a Mexican federal law enforcement agency, arrested Storm in Mexico City based on information provided by U.S. Marshals. Storm was flown from Mexico City to Houston, where he was lodged in the Harris County Jail. He remained lodged there until being extradited to Portland on April 18.
Meanwhile, on Feb. 20, a Multnomah County grand jury secretly re-indicted Storm on two counts of first-degree sex abuse related to allegation he molested two girls while swimming in the Mt. Scott Pool on July 10, 2007, according to court documents. Both girls were under 14 years of age at the time.
Those charges had initially been brought in 2011, but then dropped by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office in order to allow the federal case against Storm to move forward. Prosecutors had sealed the indictment so as not to tip him off to the pending charges, but chose to make it public since Logan was already a fugitive.
On May 15, Storm was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on the sex abuse charges. His trial in that case is tentatively scheduled to begin July 22.
Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon is scheduled to sentence Storm Sept. 10 on both the child pornography and failure to appear charges.
In July 2010, following a tip from his then-girlfriend, officers raided Storm’s North Portland home, finding several images of child porn on a personal computer and thumb-drive.
Storm fled the country shortly after, but was arrested in February 2011 at Portland International Airport while getting off a flight from Europe.
— Faris Tanyos