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Corvallis man accused of encouraging child and animal sex abuse

Deputies arrested the man on 36 charges of encouraging child sex abuse and encouraging sexual assault of an animal.

Posted: Aug 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2018 7:42 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A Corvallis man has been arrested, accused of encouraging child sex abuse and encouraging sexual assault of an animal.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Craig Adair Chapman, 56, of Corvallis on Tuesday in connection with an investigation going back to May of this year.

Deputies executed a search warrant for Chapman’s home on May 18 in the 5100 block of NW Highway 99W, north of Corvallis.
The search warrant was related to the illegal distribution of child sexual abuse material over the Internet. Numerous computers and electronic devices were seized and analyzed.

Chapman was arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail on 15 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, 15 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree and six counts of encouraging sexual assault of an animal.

Investigators said they encourage the public to report any suspected child sexual abuse material online to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. NCMEC continuously reviews CyberTipline reports to ensure that reports of children who may be in imminent danger get first priority. After NCMEC’s review is completed, all information in a CyberTipline report is made available to law enforcement.

This investigation is ongoing and detectives are continuing to identify victims. Anyone with information regarding Chapman and his potential involvement with minors are asked to contact Detective Christopher Dale at 541-766-6858.

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