A Deschutes County man was sentenced to more than five years in prison Wednesday for trading child pornography.
Peter Jason Davis, 38, was arrested Dec. 21 after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was told that Davis had been sending and receiving child porn. Oregon State Police opened an investigation and upon searching his home found 168 sexual photos of children on his computer, though some of the files were duplicates, according to court testimony Wednesday. Seven videos were also found.
Davis was charged with 11 counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. On Oct. 3, he entered guilty pleas on three of the charges, and the rest were dismissed.
Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney Stacy Neil said one of the photos Davis had was of an infant being forced into sexual contact.
While Neil and defense attorney Reid Kajikawa agreed Davis would plea to three counts, they did not agree on a proposed sentence. Neil asked for 56 months in prison, while Kajikawa encouraged Deschutes County Circuit Judge Bethany Flint to sentence Davis to 36 months.
While Davis is not accused of making child porn or physically abusing children, he circulated the photos, which causes the victims to continually be abused by people on the internet, Neil argued in court.
Kajikawa agreed the conduct was serious, but said Davis is a victim of abuse himself, having been sexually assaulted as a young boy. He said Davis, on some level, hoped he would get caught.
Prior to Flint’s sentence, Davis stood and explained that he viewed the porn to better understand why children are sometimes sexualized.
“I never meant to hurt kids. I just wanted to know why I was abused,” he said through tears.
Flint acknowledged that Davis was likely affected from the abuse he suffered, as many victims are, saying the cycle of abuse results in damaged people. However, the judge also said it’s not her job to place blame at the feet of people outside of her courtroom.
Flint went outside both proposed sentences, giving Davis a total of 62 months in prison. He will have to register as a sex offender and upon release have three years of post-prison supervision.
Following the sentencing, Kajikawa declined to comment on the length of the sentence.
Flint said Davis’ actions were greatly concerning and she was not satisfied with the excuse that he only looked at child pornography to better understand why he was abused.
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