- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A Kaizer man who was arrested after a 13-year-old girl reported that he had been following her and taking photos of her has pleaded guilty to child porn charges.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/2dXmpha ) 23-year-old Trevor Highsmith pleaded guilty Monday to 10 counts of encouraging child sex abuse. Five additional counts were dropped as part of a plea deal.

Authorities began investigating Highsmith in May after the Claggett Creek Middle School student told school staff about a man who had been following her.

Police confronted Highsmith at a Keizer home, where he gave police permission to search his cellphone.

Investigators say they found dozens of images of child sexual abuse on the device as well as images showing girls walking to or from school.

Highsmith will be sentenced later this month.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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