MORROW COUNTY, Oregon – A man who was out on bail facing nine counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse is back in jail again. Pendleton police picked up Tyler Allen Christian, 23, at his residence on Despain Avenue when Judge Dan Hill revoked his release.
Christian made bail, but Hill had set stipulations that he was not to access the internet and not to go online for any purpose. A special agent for the Oregon Department of Justice determined he had gone online with a cell phone his wife, who lives in Heppner, had given him so he could get in touch with her and their son.
Court records indicate that she had set parental controls on the phone that prevented Christian from using the internet. However, at some point, he asked her for permission to return the phone to its factory settings because it wasn’t working. He said his mother would reinstall the parental controls once that happened.
His wife then contacted DOJ to report she had indications that he was using the internet. When the phone was returned to her earlier this month, it was wiped clean of all apps and information. She gave the agent permission to search the phone. The agent reports that he was able to find evidence of Christian going online through his wife’s account.
Christian’s bail is set at $250,000.