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Gresham man follows father, girlfriend to prison in child porn case

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Jail booking photos of, from left, James Hickerson, Neil Hickerson, Carolyn Knudsen. Jail booking photos of, from left, James Hickerson, Neil Hickerson, Carolyn Knudsen.
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A Gresham man, his father and his girlfriend have now all been sentenced to prison in connection to a child pornography investigation.

James Hickerson, 36, was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in July to charges of transportation of a minor for unlawful sexual activity, production of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

A search warrant was served at his Gresham home in August 2014. Investigators believed he was distributing sexually explicit videos of children over the Internet.

Court documents state Hickerson admitted to using a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download child pornography and then transferred the files to his father's computer.

Neil Hickerson, 57, said he and his son had been watching the videos together for the past few months, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Further investigation led to the discovery of illicit images of James Hickerson's girlfriend and her daughter on his phone.

His girlfriend, 30-year-old Carolyn Knudsen of Camas, was also arrested. Investigators said James Hickerson admitted sexually abusing his girlfriend's toddler in both Washington and Oregon, as well as taking screen shots of Knudsen abusing her daughter while on Skype.

Knudsen pleaded guilty in May to charges transportation of a minor for criminal sexual activity and production of child pornography by a parent. She was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison in August.

Her daughter was taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

Neil Hickerson pleaded guilty in May to the charge of possession of child pornography and was sentenced in September to 10 years in prison.

Neil Hickerson has an extensive criminal history, according to court records, including a 1998 conviction for attempted felony sex abuse.

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