Oregon man arraigned on child porn charges
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges alleging he produced child pornography for more than a decade and traveled to the Philippines to have sex with kids.
Steven Rockett, 45, made no statements during a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge John Acosta. He returned to jail after the arraignment.
The suburban Portland man was arrested on state charges in August 2013 after police investigated a report that he sexually abused three local girls with whom he was a family friend. The trial in that case is scheduled to begin in February. Rockett’s defense attorneys, Andrew Coit and Tom Borton, declined to comment.
In the federal case, an 11-count superseding indictment signed on Dec. 10 says Rockett produced child pornography from 2000 to 2013, and made at least five trips to the Philippines. It also includes charges related to the three Oregon girls.
The indictment does not include information about the alleged overseas victims or how they might have met Rockett. It said he traveled to the Philippines “for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct” in August 2000, July 2002, September 2005, October 2007 and January 2010. The government also says he persuaded young people to appear in pornography transported to the United States.
Rockett’s Flickr page includes more than 1,000 photos from visits to the Philippines. He describes himself on the page as a recently divorced father raising two sons. He wrote that he is easygoing and likes to make friends all over the world.
A trial on the federal charges is scheduled for next month, but that’s expected to be pushed back until after the state case.
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