Portland man linked to NY child porn investigation

Samuel Dowell, 29, shown in a jail booking photo.
Samuel Dowell, 29, shown in a jail booking photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Authorities in a New York town contacted deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office after a six month  investigation revealed a 29-year-old Oregon may have child pornography on his computer.

Samuel Dowell is charged with nine counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree. He was arraigned on the charges Friday.

In January 2014, a detective with the Clarkstown Police Department spoke to officials with Multnomah County Parole and Probation after opening an investigation on the East Coast that accused Dowell of making sexually explicit computer and telephone contact with a 14-year-old in New York, court documents state.

An investigator with the Oregon-based Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT) contacted Dowell and got consent to search his computer, court documents state.

Officials found child pornography on Dowell’s computer, including nude images of the 14-year-old girl, court documents state.

Dowell has been in the custody of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office since January 17, 2014 on a parole violation

The child pornography charges were filed late Thursday.

Through his court appointed attorney, Dowell entered a not guilty plea. His next court date has been set for July 8, 2014.

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