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Sisters man, 73, pleads not guilty in child porn case

Faces 30 charges, down from original 50

Sisters man pleads not guilty

BEND, Ore. - A 73-year-old Sisters man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 30 charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

A formal indictment reduced the number of charges from the 50 listed when George Staab was arrested May 13 after a raid on his home.

Ten of the charges of encouraging child sexual abuse are first-degree, a Class B felony, that involve actions such as exchanging or printing the material, and the other 20 are second-degree, which are Class C felonies, that relate to observing the pornography, according to the indictment.

Staab posted 10 percent of his $150,000 bail (which initially was $500,000) and was released Tuesday from the Deschutes County Jail, pending Wednesday's court hearing.​

Conditions of his release included no contact with minors or access to the internet or devices that access the internet. 

Staab's three-day trial is scheduled to begin on March 3, 2020.


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