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Sheriff: Registered sex offender arrested in Lebanon, admits to collecting child porn

Mark Richard McKuhn (Linn County Sheriff' Office photo)

LEBANON, Ore. -- Linn County Sheriff's deputies served a child exploitation search warrant at a residence on North Second Street in Lebanon Tuesday, the culmination of an extensive investigation into the online distribution of child pornography over the Internet, officials said.

Deputies located four people inside the residence.

Police say registered sex offender Mark Richard McKuhn, 41, was at the home and arrested on 20 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and one count of Encouraging the Sexual Assault of an Animal.

During an interview with deputies, McKuhn admitted to searching for child pornography and collecting it over the internet in addition to admission of internet communication with minors with the intention of obtaining explicit photographs of children.

Additional charges may be forthcoming following digital forensic examination of devices seized during the search warrant.

Other convicted registered sex offenders reside in the home and this investigation continues, police said.

"The Linn County Sheriff's Office is committed to protecting children and proactively investigates online child exploitation crimes as a component of that commitment to child safety," the sheriff's office said.

Albany Police Department, Linn County Parole and Probation and the Lebanon Police Department assisted the search.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Trenary at (541) 917-6665.

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