A former Beaverton middle school teacher accused of downloading child pornography says he's looking to prove he's innocent a second time.
Logan Storm previously faced 30 counts of encouraging child sex abuse in connection with a child pornography case, but Multnomah County's district attorney dismissed the local charges against him Monday.
Assistant District Attorney Don Rees says a loophole in state law stipulates prosecutors must prove a defendant was downloading the porn in the county he's being tried in. Proving that would have been difficult, Rees says.
So, after the charges were dismissed, two federal agents took Storm into custody, and he now faces federal child porn charges.
"It was shocking and dismaying. We had already proven our case. I'm sorry we have to prove it again, but we will," Storm says.
Storm maintains he's innocent of the charges he faces.
"I've had friends who have been tracking the blogs and the reports. Those who speak against me are speaking against the crimes without knowing me, and I support them," he says. "Those who are speaking for me are the people who actually know me. No one who knows me is speaking against me at all."
Storm did not comment on specifics of the case. Authorities say he left the U.S. after child porn was discovered on his computer. He was first arrested in February after flying into Portland from Amsterdam.
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