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James McGlothlin, Oregon City special education teacher planned to drug kids, make child porn

By February 22, 2016 No Comments

James McGlothlinA federal child pornography investigation led to the arrest of a Portland man, and detectives are asking for your help in identifying possible underage victims.

Portland resident James McGlothlin, 39, was charged with producing child pornography in a criminal complaint. He will appear in federal court Monday.

McGlothlin worked as an adaptive P.E. instructional assistant for the Oregon City School District. He worked with a small number of developmentally disabled children before the district suspended him on Feb.16, officials said.

Members of a child abuse prevention unit made up of local, state and federal agencies served a search warrant Tuesday at McGlothlin’s Portland home, where he lives with his wife and 2-year-old son. They seized laptops, hard drives, a video camera and other electronics as evidence. Police arrested McGlothlin Friday, Feb 19.

Authorities targeted the home because investigators found that McGlothlin downloaded or tried to download a video from a child porn website last November, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

In the garage, authorities found children’s allergy medicine, a latex cast of a child’s hand, nearly a dozen pairs of children’s underwear, swimsuits and photos of underage girls who McGlothin’s wife identified as relatives or family friends, the complaint said. Police also found a headless child-size doll made of cardboard dressed in children’s clothes in the garage and sexually explicit videos of a baby girl and a man believed to be McGlothin during a search of a hard drive.

According to the complaint, there were three short essays found on McGlothin’s laptop. McGlothin describes abusing the infant in the videos in one of them. Another essay details his plans to babysit three other kids, drug the two older children with the allergy medicine so that he could sexually abuse the youngest one.

The third essay depicts McGlothlin detailing his sexual abuse of a developmentally disabled 12-year-old girl in his care for swim therapy. He describes the girl as having the mental capacity of a 5-year-old.

A detective spoke to the grandmother of one of the photographed children on Thursday. The relative said she spoke to McGlothlin twice on the phone after police raided his home two days before. She said McGlothlin confessed to inappropriate behavior including looking at child pornography and having sexual interest in her pre-teen granddaughter and his friend’s toddler.

One of McGlothlin’s friends told investigators that he also received a call from the 39-year-old and that he confessed to molesting the friend’s toddler. The friend told police that McGlothin babysat his daughter once in January.

According to an OCSD spokesperson, district staff is working to contact the families of students McGlothlin worked with directly.

“As educators, child advocates, and parents, we are all sickened by the details unfolding from this investigation. It is devastating to learn that one of our employees who was entrusted with the care of some of our most vulnerable students may have victimized children. I want you to know that in each of our schools, our top priority is keeping students and staff safe so that students can keep focused on learning. The district is committed to fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation and providing support and resources to students and staff affected by this disturbing news.” Larry Didway, OCSD Superintendent, said in a statement to parents.

Officials said there may be some victims that have not been identified.

More information about James McGlothlin’s case can be found here:

If you have information about abuse by James McGlothlin please contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 723-4949.

Also, if you would like advice from an attorney about the rights and options for victims of child sexual abuse, please contact Crew Janci LLP today for a free, confidential consultation at 1-888-407-0224 or by using our private online form.  We will treat you with discretion and respect.

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Andria Seo

About Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York