PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Federal prosecutors will seek a seven year sentence against Logan Storm – the former Beaverton middle school teacher who fled to Mexico after being convicted of possessing child pornography.
In a newly released government sentencing memorandum obtained by KOIN 6 News, federal prosecutors call the potential sentence a “powerful deterrent to both [Storm] and to others who would collect images of the sexual abuse of innocent children.”
Storm was originally charged in July 2010 in Multnomah County Circuit Court with 30 counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse after child pornography images were discovered on his laptop computer and thumb drive.
At the time of his arrest, Storm was a teacher at Stoller Middle School in Beaverton. Toward the end of July 2010, Storm’s then-girlfriend became suspicious of his relationship with a former student after reading several text messages on his phone, court documents state.
Storm’s girlfriend found the child porn images on his laptop — hidden in a series of Power Point files, court documents state. She also found the thumb drive that was hidden in a cardboard jewelry box.
Shortly after a search warrant was executed at Storm’s home in July 2010, he fled the county without saying goodbye to his son and without telling the boy’s mother he was leaving. Storm’s father drove him to Canada, where he flew to London’s Heathrow Airport. From there he went to Ireland, France and Amsterdam.
While overseas, Storm resigned from his job at Stoller in an email to the principal in which he claimed he was dealing with “an international legal situation” that would not permit him to return, court documents state.
He voluntarily returning to the United State in February 2011 to face charges in Multnomah County, court documents read.
The case went to trial in September 2011 and at that time, Multnomah County prosecutors dismissed the charges in favor of federal prosecution. A federal grand jury indicted Storm on one count of possession of child pornography. The case went to trial on January 23, 2013.
During the trial, a witness testify that during the search of Storm’s computer, there was evidence that showed Storm spent “considerable time piecing together website banners and images of child pornography… to make his Power Point presentations, including sandwiching photos of his former students at Stoller Middle School in between the images of child pornography,” documents read.
Storm maintained that he was framed by a man who lived in the basement of the house he shared with his girlfriend. The trial lasted five days and the jury found Strom guilty. When the verdict was submitted, federal prosecutors asked that Strom be immediately taken into custody. However, a judge that day, allowed Strom to remain out of custody and a sentencing hearing was scheduled for January 30.
After being outfitted with a GPS device following the verdict, officers were alerted that the device was being tampered with. The GPS showed Storm was at Lewis and Clark State Park in Troutdale, where Storm had reportedly remained throughout the night – well past his curfew.
The next morning, the U.S. Marshals Service found the device at the park where Storm has cut it off and discarded it. An international manhunt ensued. Storm was eventually located in Mexico City on March 11, 2013. During the search, a grand jury indicted Storm on one count of failing to appear at a detention hearing.
On June 26, 2013, Storm pled guilty to the charge.
Meanwhile, on Feb. 20, 2013, a Multnomah County grand jury re-indicted Strorm on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse based on allegations that he inappropriately touched two girls, ages 9 and 12, at the Mt. Scott Pool in 2007. The two victims involved in the county case were not students of Storm’s, officials said. That case remains pending the formal sentencing in federal court.
Strom has taken no responsibility for the crimes, federal prosecutors wrote in their memo to the judge. “He has lied to everyone about the offense… has express no remorse, and obviously has no interest in seeking therapy to control his problem.”
He will be formally sentenced on September 10 in Federal District Court.
Storms’ federal prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jane Shoemaker and Gary Sussman.
— Brent Weisberg and Jessica Morkert contributed to this report