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Child Exploitation
04/16/2010

Oregon man sentenced to 50 years for child pornography crimes

PORTLAND, Ore. - A former resident of Beaverton, Ore., was sentenced Friday to 50 years in federal prison on five charges related to the production, distribution and possession of child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Terance Scott Carpenter, 45, was convicted by a federal jury in February 2010 after prosecutors presented evidence that the defendant sent and received child pornography and took sexually explicit pictures of his daughter. The trial lasted three days and the jury deliberated for approximately 40 minutes before delivering the guilty verdict.

According to documents in the case, Carpenter began taking illegal images of his daughter in 1997 when she was 9 years old.  He continued to do so for six years.

When ICE agents executed a federal search warrant at Carpenter's apartment in November 2006, they seized three computers and several compact disks. More than 4,000 images and dozens of videos of children, many of whom are known child sex abuse victims from all over the world, were discovered.

During the lengthy computer analysis, ICE agents also identified Carpenter's daughter in hundreds of the images. They were able to locate her and she fully cooperated during the prosecution of the case.

"Today's prison sentence is fitting for someone who robbed a child of her innocence and continued to sexually exploit her by freely trading the illegal images with predators around the world," said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations that oversees Oregon. "Investigating this type of criminal activity is a priority for ICE and we will continue to dedicate our resources to identify and bring to justice other child predators who victimize children in this same manner."

Carpenter was employed as a bus driver for Tri-Met in the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area, a long-haul truck driver and a bridge tender. He was held in federal custody pending the sentencing.

This case was the result of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,600 individuals under Operation Predator.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.