DCSO: Bend man poses as teenage boy, arrested on child porn charges after return from Netherlands

A Bend man posing as a teenage boy on social media has been arrested on dozens of child porn charges, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested 41-year-old Keith Lawrence James Fyten in November at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport as he returned from the Netherlands, trying to return to Bend.

On Tuesday US Marshalls brought Fyten to the Deschutes County Jail. On Wednesday a judge set bail at $5 million.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jayson Janes said the case started in October 2017 when the DCSO received a report of sexually explicit photographs of underage girls being distributed. The investigation revealed that three girls, who were under the age of 16, had been communicating with a male subject on Facebook.

Two of the girls believed the subject was the other girl’s boyfriend. One of the girls received sexually explicit photographs from the male subject, and all three were requested to send sexually explicit photographs of themselves to the male subject, Janes said.

Detectives investigating the incident learned that neither of the girls had met the male subject, only contacting him through messaging or video calls. During the video calls, the male subject’s camera was blacked out to keep them from seeing him. Detectives then obtained internet service provider information and Facebook information during the investigation, Janes said.

The information revealed the male subject the girls were communicating with was not a teenage boy, but was actually Fyten.

Janes said during the investigation detectives learned that Fyten had left the United States in November 2018 and moved to the Netherlands.

The detective continued to look through Fyten’s social media history and found that he was messaging numerous underage girls throughout the US, portraying himself as a teenage boy, Janes said.

Fyten sent numerous sexually explicit photographs of a younger male subject and requested sexually explicit photographs and videos from the girls he was in contact with. Detectives contacted about 16 underage girls in the Central Oregon area who had contact with Fyten on Facebook Messenger, Janes said.

He said Fyten asked all of the girls to send sexually explicit photos or videos to him.

Law enforcement agencies across the country were contacted and asked to help with finding and interviewing other underage girls related to this case. Numerous girls were contacted in different parts of the US who had similar types of conversations with Fyten, Janes said.

The underage girls had also received sexually explicit photographs of a younger male and upon his request they sent sexually explicit photographs and videos of themselves, Janes said.

Fyten is charged with 28 counts of luring a minor and 67 counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit material.

The FBI has been helping the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division throughout this investigation. This included coordination with the FBI’s Legal Attaché Office in the Netherlands.  The FBI is currently working on identifying other girls in the US who might have been victims. The FBI is also investigating other possible suspects involved in the trading or exchanging of child pornography related to this case.

Janes said more charges possible as the investigation continues.

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