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Former 4J school psychologist investigated for alleged child porn on work computer

Child porn was allegedly found on a former Eugene school psychologist's work computer.

Posted: Feb 22, 2018 1:33 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 7:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A former Eugene 4J school psychologist is being investigated after police said they found hundreds of child porn photos on his work computer.

No formal charges have been filed against Michael Odle.

Police started investigating Odle in October 2017. They said he had requested a "routing ticket" that contained an odd phrase on Oct. 20. Routing tickets are used by the Eugene 4J School District to schedule meetings with school teachers and administrators about student needs.

A porn website was listed on the ticket, according to a search warrant affidavit, instead of a student ID number. A school employee went to the website and found children and teenage girls in what she described as "compromising positions."

Court records said the employee reported it to the director of the 4J technology department, who then checked Odle's previous web history. He found that Odle had visited more than 50 pornographic websites in the span of one week, according to the documents.

Another employee in the district saw the routing ticket and told Odle he might have a virus on his computer, the documents state. The following week, Odle told the same employee that he had the issue fixed.

Police said the district seized Odle's work computer and found hundreds of photos of nude children, some younger than 10 years old. They said the images were of teenage and preteen girls in sexual poses, and they saved the incriminating evidence onto a hard drive.

The technology support manager for the district said he was "disgusted by what he has seen," according to court documents.

The laptop and the hard driver were turned over to police. The district also gave police a list of 22 adult websites that Odle had visited on the computer.

The district said the laptop was purchased in 2015 and was exclusively assigned to Odle.

Police executed a search warrant for the laptop and the hard drive on Jan. 8. The affidavit shows police found numerous photos depicting sexual activity involving children.

Police said they believe Odle should be charged with encouraging child sex abuse in the second degree.

Kerry Delf, a spokesperson with 4J, said he is no longer employed by the school district. She said he worked for the district from September 2004 to November 2017.

Delf said schools where Odle worked in recent years are notifying parents. She said they have no information indicated Odle had any inappropriate contact with students.

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