NEWPORT — A Newport man pleaded not guilty Monday to 12 felony charges related to downloading and sharing child pornography.

According to a brief statement of probable cause filed Dec. 23, a Newport Police Department detective received a referral from the Oregon Internet Crimes Against Children task force that identified a physical Newport address, internet protocol address and phone number associated with activity on the online messaging application Discord.

The Newport detective obtained a warrant for records from Discord, according to the affidavit, which produced evidence that 21-year-old Alexander Yoder-Partridge downloaded and sent images of girls “between the ages of five and seven who were naked and committing sexual acts.”

 admitted to owning a mobile phone with the number associated with the investigation and requested a lawyer when questioned regarding pornographic images of children downloaded using Discord, according to the affidavit. He was arrested Dec. 22 and released the following day after 10 percent of $50,000 security was paid.

The true bill returned by the grand jury Jan. 4 charges him with six Class B and six Class C felonies, three each of first- and second-degree encouraging child exploitation. He is alleged to have shared and downloaded images of six victims “while being aware of and consciously disregarding the fact that creation of the visual recording of sexually explicit conduct involved child abuse.”

Yoder-Partridge retained attorney Rachel N. Marshall and pleaded not guilty at his Jan. 10 arraignment before Lincoln County Circuit Judge Amanda Benjamin. Benjamin ordered him to report to jail for booking, raised his security to $150,000 and made it a condition of release that he not have any contact with minors or named victims. He next appears in court Jan. 24 for an early resolution conference.

The state’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force is part of a national network with thousands of participating law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local level, with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. It provides training, seeks and generates tips and conducts multi-jurisdictional investigations involving online exploitation of children.

Editor's note: This article originally named the defendant as Alexander Partridge-Yoder. The correct name is Yoder-Partridge. 

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