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Oregon sex offender convicted of traveling to Philippines to abuse children

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Steven Rocket (KPTV file image during previous court appearance) Steven Rocket (KPTV file image during previous court appearance)

A man already serving more than 50 years in prison was convicted on additional charges involving recording video of children showering at his home and traveling to the Philippines to sexually abuse children.

A federal jury found Steven Douglas Rockett, 47, of Forest Grove, guilty on charges of producing child pornography outside of the U.S., engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign country, five counts of producing or attempting to produce child pornography and possession of child pornography.

The seven-day trial concluded Tuesday. It was the first "foreign sex tourism" trial held in Oregon, according to police.

Investigators said Rockett traveled to the Philippines and sexually abused Filipino children, and produced or attempted to produce child pornography with the victims.

Investigators also said he solicited children, either directly or through a parent, in both the Philippines and Oregon to send him sexually explicit images.

Detectives served search warrants at Rockett's home and said they found a pin-hole camera hidden in a wall in a guest bathroom that was used to record images of naked children.

Another spy camera was hidden inside a clock radio and contained surreptitious video recordings of naked Filipino children in the bathroom and shower of Rockett's hotel room, according to detectives. Police said Rockett also appeared in some of the videos.

FBI Special Agents traveled to Cebu City, Philippines, where they identified and interviewed some of the victims depicted in the videos, as well as some of the children who Rockett solicited to send him sexually explicit images. The jury heard testimony from seven victims who were sexually abused or exploited by Rockett in Oregon and overseas.

The investigation was hindered by Rockett's use of computer encryption and disc-wiping software. As a result, investigators said they can't be certain that they have identified all of Rockett's victims.

Rockett was previously sentenced to 52 years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender in March 2015. He was convicted on charges of sex abuse and use of a child in a sexual display in a case involving three girls over the course of more than a decade.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on his latest convictions on Aug. 30.

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