Gresham man sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography

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A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced Gresham man Thomas Gene Duncan to 25 years in federal prison followed by a life term of supervised release today.

The sentencing comes after Duncan pleaded guilty to the production and possession of child pornography in August.

He also pleaded guilty to first-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and unlawful sexual penetration.

“Thomas Duncan is a convicted sex offender who will justly serve the next 25 years in federal prison. Sadly, the potential physical, psychological, and emotional toll on his victim is a predictable consequence of this kind of predatory behavior,” said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. “It is our hope that this sentence will provide a sense of closure for the victim. The law enforcement community applauds such courage and strength in the face of adversity,” continued U.S. Attorney Williams, “and will continue to pursue similar perpetrators who engage in this reprehensible and destructive conduct.”

According to court documents, Duncan used a dark web bulletin board and website called "Playpen" to search for and obtain child pornography.

The server hosting Playpen was seized by the FBI in early 2015.

Between October 2014 and March 2015, officials say Duncan logged a total of 72 hours on the site.

A forensic review of his computer revealed approximately 4,000 images and 120 videos of child pornography.

Investigators also discovered sexually explicit images and videos of his fiancée’s then 12-year-old daughter, and troubling though non-pornographic images of her younger sister. Duncan admitted to sexually abusing the 12-year-old on multiple occasions. He was taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant at the residence he shared with his fiancée and her daughters.

Duncan will be sentenced in state court in January.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Portland Division and prosecuted by Gary Y. Sussman, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice and led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Child sexual exploitation investigations – many of them undercover – are conducted in FBI field offices by Child Exploitation Task Forces (CTEFs), which combine the resources of the FBI with those of other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Portland FBI’s CETF consists of agents and task force officers from the Beaverton Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, Tigard Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI’s CETF is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child pornography.

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at www.fbi.gov/tips.

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