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Oregon sex offender sentenced to federal prison in 'foreign sex tourism' case

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Steven Rocket (KPTV file image during previous court appearance) Steven Rocket (KPTV file image during previous court appearance)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An Oregon sex offender who traveled to the Philippines to abuse children and create child pornography was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison Thursday, according to the Department of Justice.

Steven Douglas Rockett, 47, is already serving a 52-year sentence in state prison after convictions for sex abuse and use of a child in a sexual display involving multiple children over the course of more than a decade.

The Forest Grove man was sentenced in that case in March 2015.

Rockett was then found guilty on federal charges in May 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.

It was considered the first "foreign sex tourism" trial in Oregon.

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

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.

Prosecutors urged the court to impose a sentence of no less than 60 years, with 45 of them consecutive to Rockett's 52-year sentence in Oregon.

Rockett's attorneys requested the mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, imposed to run concurrently with Rockett's state sentence, which is presently on appeal, according to the Department of Justice.

In imposing the lengthy sentence, prosecutors said the judge told Rockett, "I don't think you are capable of restraining yourself."

If he is released from prison, Rockett will serve a lifetime of post-prison supervision.

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