Teaching assistant sentenced to 28 years for producing child pornography

James Ian McGlothlin has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for producing child pornography. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

A former Oregon City teaching assistant was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison Monday for producing child pornography, according to the District of Oregon United States Attorney’s Office.

James Ian McGlothlin, 41, will also serve a life term of supervised release when he’s released from prison.

“Producing child pornography is an appalling crime,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “It is unthinkable that someone would prey upon infants, toddlers, and disabled children, yet that is exactly what James McGlothlin did.”

The attorney’s office said McGlothin’s victims were an infant and a very young child.

According to court documents, the investigation into McGlothlin first began in 2016 while officials were investigating an online bulletin board service used to advertise and distribute child pornography.

Federal agents and members of the Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention Team executed a search warrant at McGlothlin’s home on Feb. 16, 2016. They seized computer equipment, phones and thousands of flies containing child pornography.

McGlothlin worked as an adaptive PE instructional assistant for the Oregon City School District since 2005, and was suspended following the arrest on February 16. He had also worked as a seasonal employee for Portland Parks and Recreation, as a part-time lifeguard and swim instructor from 1993 to 2012. He was a child care staffer from February 2004 through May 2004 and was a summer aquatics supply delivery staff member from 2007 through July 2015.

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