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Sentencing gets reset for former Lincoln City teacher in child porn case

Modified: Friday, Jan 24th, 2014

NEWPORT — A hearing at which a former Lincoln City grade school teacher was to be sentenced on child pornography charges was reset this morning to a later date.

David Lon Humphrey, 61, pleaded guilty to 10 felony counts of encouraging child sex abuse at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court on Jan. 15.

He was scheduled for sentencing this morning before Judge Thomas Branford. But an apparent dispute with language in a sentencing memorandum torpedoed the hearing this morning.

A motion hearing in the case was set for 9 a.m. Feb. 12 in Lincoln County Circuit Court. Humprhey remains free on $1.75 million bail.

Humphrey, a former member of the Lincoln City City Council, was arrested Jan. 14, 2013 at his residence following an investigation into child pornography by the justice department.

The investigation apparently established a connection between Humphrey’s home computer and a network that had publicly available files of child pornography. The link was established through an Internet Protocol address, or a numeric address given to a computer hooked up to the Internet.

A justice department agent was able to use the connection and personally view the files downloaded by Humphrey and publicly shared. An indictment filed with the court claimed the crimes occurred on different days stretching from February 2010 to December 2012. Evidence related to those crimes was seized after a search warrant was executed at his home Jan. 8, 2013.

The charges, among other things, stated Humphrey “knowingly and for the purpose of arousing and satisfying the sexual desires of defendant or another person, possess and control a visual recording of sexually explicit conduct involving a child … while being aware of and consciously disregarding the fact that creation of the visual recording of sexually explicit conduct involved child abuse.”

The recordings confiscated by authorities carried branding that, in some cases, suggested the sexually explicit acts were carried out by children as young as 4 years old.

For the complete article see the 01-29-2014 issue.

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