Update: Paso Robles man convicted of 52 counts of child sexual abuse
Update posted June 2:
Charges involved four child victims, possession of child pornography, and other crimes
–San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow announced on Wednesday that San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Barry T. LaBarbera has found Jason Robert Porter, 49, of Paso Robles guilty of 16 felony counts, including multiple sex crimes against four child victims and possession of child pornography. Porter was also convicted of 36 misdemeanor counts of unauthorized invasion of privacy. The defendant waived his constitutional right to a jury trial and the matter was heard by the judge alone.
The evidence presented at trial established that between February 2008 and June 2016 Porter sexually abused four female child victims between the ages of 1 and 13 and videotaped 36 victims without their knowledge. The crimes for which he was convicted began when Porter was 36 years old.
“We sincerely applaud the courage of the young survivor who testified and the tenacity of the law enforcement personnel who gathered and reviewed all of the evidence – including 324 electronic devices and more than 4 terabytes of cyber data to prove these horrible crimes,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “These verdicts send a clear message that we will prosecute child sexual predators to the maximum extent of the law.”
This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Melissa Chabra who is assigned to the District Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. “I am pleased that after five long years I was able to be a part of the team in this case to finally deliver justice to all of the survivors involved,” said Chabra. “The young victim’s bravery while testifying in court in front of her abuser inspires me to continue my work on these cases and fight for justice for all survivors of sexual abuse in our county.”
The case was investigated by the Paso Robles Police Department with the assistance of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation, and Central Coast Cyber Forensic Laboratory (CCCFL). The CCCFL was formed out of a partnership between the District Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Justice, the California Military Department, and Cal Poly. The CCCFL was inaugurated on March 1, 2017.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 28, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, the Honorable Barry T. LaBarbera presiding. Porter faces a maximum sentence of more than 300 years-to-life in state prison for the crimes he was convicted of.
Original report posted May 21, 2021:
Report: Trial begins for Paso Robles man facing child molestation charges
The trial for a Paso Robles man charged with dozens of counts of child sex crimes began Tuesday, nearly five years after his initial arrest.
Jason Porter was first arrested in June 2016 after Paso Robles police say they responded to a disturbance outside a Paso Robles home and were told a man was seen taking lewd photographs of a 6-year-old girl.
As part of that investigation, police say a search warrant was served at the now 49-year-old’s home where dozens of electronic devices and cameras were seized.
- Read the full story at KSBY
- Read the original report from 2016 – Paso Robles man charged with committing sexual acts with children