Salem couple wanted in national child porn ring arrested

Salem couple wanted in national child porn ring arrested

Salem couple wanted in national child porn ring arrested

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by Michael Rollins

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

PORTLAND -- A Salem couple wanted by federal agents for videotaping sex acts with children have been arrested after surrendering to police.

Michael and Michelle Freeman were expected to make an appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Salem.

Both were booked into the Multnomah County jail and Tuesday, held without bail on a U.S. Marshal's hold.

Court documents allege that the couple participated in a national distribution network of child pornography.

A criminal complaint that outlines the reasons for the arrest said the couple offered Tuesday morning to turn themselves in to police.

An agent interviewed Michael Freeman at his Northeast Portland home, the complaint said. He agreed to speak with the agent, but said he later would retain an attorney.

Freeman said he learned from a friend that his wife Michelle had been identified as a "Jane Doe" in a photograph that was being circulated by police investigating child pornography.

He was shown a copy of the photograph and identified the woman in the frame as his wife.

Freeman told the agent that "he was in a 'bad place." He admitted taking nude photos and video of children, then trading them with across the Internet.

Of his wife's involvement, Freeman told the agent "I started it. Somehow she got involved."

 

 

 

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