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Sex offender sentenced to 10 years for abuse.

Byline: The Register-Guard

A Eugene man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing two children and possessing child pornography. A data recovery firm that worked on his computer had tipped investigators about pornography in his computer's storage.

Blake Christopher Hodgetts, 38, pleaded guilty to 18 charges, including two counts of using a child in display of sexual conduct, one count each of unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sexual abuse, and 14 counts of possessing child pornography, according to court records.

The Oregon Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Lane County Sheriff's Office investigated the child pornography tip and discovered evidence of the more serious crimes against the two children, Oregon Attorney General spokesman Kevin Neely said.

A 2005 study by the Crimes Against Children Research Center found that 40 percent of those arrested for possessing child pornography also had sexually victimized children, Neely said. Reports of Internet distribution of child pornography can be made to the task force by calling (503) 378-6347 or local police.

Hodgetts' sentence falls under Measure 11 and cannot be reduced for any reason.
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Title Annotation:Crime; Computer technicians give police the tip that linked Blake Hodgetts of Eugene to his crimes
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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