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Feds arrest Pendleton business owner for child pornography

Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on July 2, 2018 8:54AM

Last changed on July 2, 2018 1:53PM

Jason Robert Newsom

Jason Robert Newsom

Yummm, the frozen yogurt shop at 1803 S.W. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton, remains closed following Friday’s arrest of owner Jason Newsom on federal charges of child pornography.

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Yummm, the frozen yogurt shop at 1803 S.W. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton, remains closed following Friday’s arrest of owner Jason Newsom on federal charges of child pornography.

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Pendleton business owner Jason Robert Newsom faces federal charges for the transportation and possession of child pornography.

Newsom, 42, operates Yummm, a frozen yogurt shop at 1803 S.W. Emigrant Ave. Agents of the FBI on Friday arrested Newsom at the business and booked him into the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton. Newsom also operates a contracting business, Modern Home Improvements, out of his home at 2811 N.E. Riverside Ave., Pendleton, according to state and county public records.

According to public records from the United States District Court of Oregon, a federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Newsom on four counts — three for transportation of child pornography and one for possession of child pornography. The indictment alleges Newsom knowingly transported child pornography on three occasion in November 2016 and possessed child porn on Jan. 31, 2017, including “images of prepubescent minors and minors who had not attained 12 years of age.”

The indictment also states conviction for the charges results in Newsom forfeiting his smartphone to the federal government. That phone, per the indictment, was “seized from defendant on or about January 31, 2018.”

The U.S. District Court assigned the case to Judge Michael H. Simon, according to court records, but has yet to set dates for an arraignment or other hearings. Newsom remains in the county jail without bail.

Yummm is closed. A sign on the door said to check the business’ Facebook page for updates. That page also seems to be down.



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