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Statewide child pornography sweep nabs 15 suspects

More than a dozen people were arrested during a two-week statewide investigation into child pornography.

The arrests across the state were part of Operation Internet Angel coordinated by the Oregon Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children task force. The investigation began Oct. 16 and concluded Friday.

'Every child pornography image and video file is evidence of the sexual abuse of a child,' said Attorney General John Kroger. 'The people who posses and trade child pornography encourage the exploitation and abuse of children by creating a market for it.'

Under Operation Internet Angel, the state and local law enforcement agencies arrested 15 people, served 30 search warrants, seized 87 computers, identified 35 suspects, contacted six sex offenders and rescued one child who may have been abused.

Agencies involved in Operation Internet Angel include sheriff's offices in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, high-tech crime units in Southern Oregon, the FBI, the office of the U.S. attorney in Oregon, a dozen district attorneys offices, including Columbia County, and nearly two dozen police departments, including those in Rainier, Forest Grove and Portland.