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Brian John Ellis receives 22 year prison sentence following child sexual abuse investigation
Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 48-year-old Brian John Ellis received a 22 year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to sodomy in the first degree, attempted sodomy in the first degree and encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree. This investigation revealed that Ellis forced a very young child to perform sex acts on multiple occasions, while filming that illicit conduct. Furthermore, upon executing a search warrant, law enforcement found more than 5,000 files of child pornography, consisting of video and still images, on the defendant’s phone. This case was investigated by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multi-disciplinary Child Abuse Team (MDT). “The effects of child sexual abuse can be long lasting,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Amber Kinney, who prosecuted this case. “As a community, we have a duty to protect children. We must do everything possible to look after the most vulnerable victims who cannot advocate for themselves, let alone protect themselves, because of their young age.” The District Attorney’s MDT unit is responsible for reviewing and coordinating all child abuse and neglect cases in Multnomah County. MDT is part of a team comprised of representatives from law enforcement, public schools, hospitals, courts, health departments, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Oregon Department of Employment Child Care Division. The MDT unit handles child homicides, felony child physical abuse cases, felony child abandonment cases, felony sex crimes where the victim is currently under the age of 18 and where the offender is considered a family member. If you know of a child who is in immediate danger of being abuse or neglected, please call 9-1-1. Additional tips can be submitted to the Oregon Department of Human Services at any time by calling 1-800-509-5439.