Monday, February 05, 2007

Case of Timothy Olander - Synagogue janitor gets 15 years for child porn

Synagogue janitor gets 15 years for child porn



Monday, February 5, 2007

A Portland man who worked as a janitor at the Beth Israel Synagogue will spend the next 15 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

Timothy Olander, 49, pleaded guilty to charges last October.

Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided Olander’s home last January. They seized computers, compact discs and videotapes.

“There were depictions of over 1500 images, with children from two to approximately 13 years old being exploited on camera many times by adults,” said U.S. Attorney Karen Immergut.

Olander received a longer than usual sentence because he has a history of sexual crimes. He was convicted of sexually abusing two relatives in 1988.

Olander was fired from his janitorial job at the synagogue immediately after the arrest. He had worked at Beth Israel for 10 years.

Rabbi Michael Cahana said when Olander was hired, job applicants were not given background checks. That policy has since changed.

Prosecutors do not think Olander had any sexual contact with children from the synagogue. However, investigators said Olander did have pictures of students from the Jewish school in his possession. Those particular pictures were not sexual in nature.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appretiate your posting about Timothy Olander. The more the public knows about these people, sexual predators, is better. I want to point out as you probaby know the damage that can be done when victimization happens over and over again. People don't realize that simply making a reference to a prior crime can re-victimize. For those who have been damaged by this man and/or his family in the past, I am greatful that he was caught again. AND this time, the law was different. I hope and pray that no one suffers again from him again.

February 06, 2007 12:04 AM  

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