PORTLAND, Ore. - A Washington state man appeared in federal court today to face charges that he traveled to Oregon in order to have sex with minors, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)
James E. Eggleston, 59, of Shoreline, Wash., was arrested by ICE agents on March 14, 2008, at a hotel in Portland. He had traveled from his home in the Puget Sound area to Portland expecting to meet two boys - three and five years old for sex. Instead of meeting the children, Eggleston was taken into custody by ICE.
"This incident shows the extraordinary lengths some adults will go to sexually exploit innocent children," said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge of the ICE office of investigations that oversees Oregon. "Pursuing this type of criminal is one of ICE's most important responsibilities."
The maximum penalty for this crime is life in prison. The defendant is detained pending his next hearing in federal court scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, 2008.