Former Portland man found guilty of sexually exploiting underage girls he babysat

    Andrew Kowalczyk - file image.

    PORTLAND, Ore. – A 44-year-old originally from Portland was found guilty of sexually exploiting children that he was babysitting.

    Andrew Kowalczyk faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

    After 20 minutes of deliberation, a federal jury ruled Kowalczyk was guilty of repeatedly sexually abusing and exploiting three underage girls.

    Prosecutors say he was a friend of the victims' uncle.

    In 2005, he helped the family pay for a hotel room after they left a domestic violence situation.

    Kowalczyk was caught in 2008 when investigators from Washington state uncovered hard drives full of child pornography during a traffic stop.

    “Andrew Kowalczyk’s actions have brought unthinkable distress and terror to the lives of his victims and their families. Our two prosecutors, each with many years’ experience handling similar cases, describe Kowalczyk’s conduct as the worst they’ve seen in their careers,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “I applaud the unwavering resolve of our trial team, our partner investigators and the victim survivors who persevered against a defendant who attempted every conceivable tactic to delay justice for more than 10 years.”

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