Former Athena police officer pleads innocent to child pornography

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PENDLETON - A former Athena police officer has been arraigned on child pornography charges.

Attorney General John Kroger says 37-year-old Mark B. Ashcraft pleaded innocent to multiple counts of encouraging child sexual abuse at Wednesday's hearing in Umatilla County Circuit Court. Bail was set at $200,000.

Ashcraft was charged with sexual abuse last year. Kroger says evidence of child pornography was discovered during a subsequent investigation.

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