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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A former Portland resident has been found guilty of sexually abusing and exploiting three minors as young as 2 years old. 

On Thursday, a federal jury found 44-year-old Andrew Franklin Kowalczyk subjected the three girls to sexual intercourse, sadistic and masochistic abuse and lascivious exhibition for child pornography. 

The jury took just 20 minutes to reach the verdict, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon. 

“Andrew Kowalczyk’s actions have brought unthinkable distress and terror to the lives of his victims and their families. Our two prosecutors, each with many years’ experience handling similar cases, describe Kowalczyk’s conduct as the worst they’ve seen in their careers,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “I applaud the unwavering resolve of our trial team, our partner investigators and the victim survivors who persevered against a defendant who attempted every conceivable tactic to delay justice for more than 10 years.”

Authorities first learned of Kowalczyk’s abuse in early 2008, according to court documents. He was pulled over by a Washington police officer in December 2007 for driving a vehicle that didn’t belong to him, not having a driver’s license and giving the officer a false name. 

Kowalczyk fled the traffic stop after refusing to step out of the vehicle and led police on a high-speed chase. 

He was later found and arrested at a hotel in Puyallup, Washington. 

In January 2008, Des Moines police detectives obtained a warrant to search Kowalczyk’s digital devices found in the luggage he was traveling with. They found child pornographic videos and pictures, some of which appeared to be homemade. Detectives found some of the content was made using a camera found in Kowalczyk’s luggage. 

Kowalczyk was charged in February 2008 with a single count of sexual exploitation of children. He was charged with eight additional counts in March 2012. 

Kowalczyk’s case took a decade to come to trial because he sought the replacement of counsel more than a dozen times and filed motions to suppress evidence. 

He will be sentenced in March 2019. He faces up to 30 years in prison with a 15-year mandatory minimum on each of the nine counts. 
 

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