PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A former Beaverton middle school teacher who fled to Mexico following a child pornography conviction will serve eight years in federal prison.
Thirty-seven-year-old Logan Storm was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portland Tuesday to seven years for possession of child pornography and another year for failure to appear in federal court, to be served consecutively.
On Jan. 29, 2013, 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.
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 was extradited to Portland on April 18. On June 26, he plead guilty to fleeing.
Meanwhile, another case is pending for Storm in county court. 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. That trial is pending, and was awaiting today’s sentencing.
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. 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. 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.
The trial lasted five days and the jury found Strom guilty.
Federal prosecutors had recommended a seven-year sentence for Storm. In a government sentencing memorandum obtained by KOIN last week, prosecutors called the sentence a “powerful deterrent to both [Storm] and to others who would collect images of the sexual abuse of innocent children.”
Strom took no responsibility for the crimes, federal prosecutors wrote in their memo to the judge.
“He has lied to everyone about the offense… has expressed no remorse, and obviously has no interest in seeking therapy to control his problem.”
— Brent Weisberg, Faris Tanyos and Jennifer Meacham contributed to this report.