Portland camp instructor arrested by Homeland Security for download child pornography on dark web

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Using computer to commit a crime in darkness.
Using computer to commit a crime in darkness.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland man was arrested following a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigation that revealed he purchased and downloaded child pornography from the dark web between September-October 2020. HSI Portland executed a search warrant at Alexander Wiese’s residence in Portland, and arrested the former camp instructor Wednesday for receiving child pornography and accessing it with intent to view child pornography. Wiese made his initial appearance in Federal Court in Portland, Thursday.

“There is no safe place on the dark web for criminals to hide from Homeland Security Investigations. HSI brings significant digital forensics expertise, broad legal authorities, and a worldwide network of investigators and professional staff to bear in combatting the global production and distribution of child pornography,” said Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operations in the Pacific Northwest. “Wiese has held several positions of trust where he was in direct contact with children. HSI Portland is attempting to identify anyone that may have been victimized by Wiese.”

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Wiese previously worked as a day camp instructor and front desk representative at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in 2019, where he had contact with children in the 4th-8th grade age range.

From October 2017-April 2018 Wiese was employed as an Outdoor Science Instructor for 5th-6th graders by Emerald Cove Outdoor Science Institute, in Running Springs, California. Wiese lived onsite in cabins as the sole instructor, with children who participated in overnight programs. Wiese also claims to have been a music educator for 6th-8th grade students in the Da Vinci Arts Middle School in Portland, Oregon, Sept 2012-May2015.

Anyone with information about Wiese should call HSI’s toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2423 or by completing an online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.