Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

Arrested: Peter Bryant Hiatt, 72 year old male, Bend (Cloverdale), OR

Charges: Encourage Child Sex Abuse I (59 counts) Encourage Child Sex Abuse II (10 counts).


In February 2021 the Redmond Police Department took a report regarding the possession of child pornography. During their investigation they wrote a search warrant for a computer belonging to Peter Hiatt. They also determined all of the crimes were committed within the jurisdiction of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

The case was forwarded to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office detectives. A DCSO digital forensic detective conducted a forensic examination of the computer and found numerous photographs of child sex abuse. 59 of the photographs are known to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The victims in those particular photographs have been identified, contacted, and confirmed to be children when the photographs were taken. The other photographs are recognized by NCMEC, but the victims in those pictures have not yet been identified.

On March 11, 2021 detectives spoke with and ultimately arrested Peter Hiatt. Hiatt was transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail where he was lodged on the above mentioned charges.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.