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Portland man indicted on 30 counts of child sex abuse

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Randy Shefstad, booking photo (Image: Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office) Randy Shefstad, booking photo (Image: Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A 52-year-old Portland man faces numerous child sex abuse charges after an investigation that started in October 2017.

Randy Shefstad was indicted on three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, six counts of luring a minor, 17 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, four counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree, and one count of encouraging sexual abuse of an animal.

The indictment filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday alleges that Shefstad used graphic and sexually charged language to electronically communicate with four different underage victims from four separate states outside of Oregon in 2017 and 2018. The indictment also alleges that Shefstad sent several videos and images to the victims of himself engaging in sex acts.

According to the indictment, Shefstad made multiple requests and received images of the victims in various stages of undress. Some of those images included nudity.

A criminal investigation began on October 10, 2017 when the parents of one of the victims found sexually explicit content on their child's phone and contacted law enforcement.

The indictment states that all of the victims were between the ages of 10-12 years old when the alleged offenses were happening.

An arrest warrant was approved by Multnomah County Chief Criminal Judge Cheryl Albrecht following the grand jury’s true bill decision, and detectives with the Portland Police Bureau's Child Abuse Team arrested Shefstad on Wednesday.

Shefstad was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and appeared by video in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday for his arraignment.

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