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Man faces federal child sexual exploitation charges

April 21, 2021 GMT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A North Bend, Oregon, man is accused of sexually exploiting a child and prosecutors are concerned there could be other victims.

A federal grand jury in Eugene returned a three-count indictment in April, charging Shannon Weatherbee, 47, with sexual exploitation of children, KTVL reported.

The indictment says starting in 2017, Weatherbee coerced a minor female to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images which were transmitted online.

He was arrested last week while investigators executed a search warrant at his house. Weatherbee pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday and has been ordered detained with a jury trial set for June.

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This case is being investigated by the FBI with assistance from the North Bend Police Department.