Crime

Paso Robles man pleads not guilty to child molestation, porn charges

Jason Robert Porter, 44, of Paso Robles, pleaded not guilty to 31 charges against him related to the alleged molestation of nine young girls and the possession of child pornography.
Jason Robert Porter, 44, of Paso Robles, pleaded not guilty to 31 charges against him related to the alleged molestation of nine young girls and the possession of child pornography. Courtesy of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office

The Paso Robles man arrested twice in one month on suspicion of molesting at least nine young girls and possessing child pornography pleaded not guilty to all 31 charges against him in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Tuesday.

Jason Robert Porter, 44, entered the plea after his former criminal defense attorney withdrew from the case and he was assigned a public defender.

He faces eight counts of committing lewd acts with a child, six counts of oral copulation with a child, 10 counts of using a concealed camera, five counts of using a device to see through clothing, a count of possessing material depicting a child engaged in sexual acts and a count of using a minor for sex acts.

According to the complaint filed by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, five children — ages 3, 6, 8 and 10, with one child between 1 and 3 years old — are the alleged victims of the copulation and lewd act charges. Another 13 children are named, under pseudonyms, in the remaining charges. Their ages are not listed in the complaint.

Porter was first arrested June 23 after an incident outside a home on the 1000 block of Vista Grande Street in Paso Robles in which a woman said she caught Porter taking lewd photos of her daughter. After he posted bail, investigators served a search warrant at Porter’s house two blocks away on the 800 block of the street and allegedly found “thousands” of images and videos of children engaging in sexual acts, including some showing Porter molesting children, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

An arrest warrant was issued, and Porter was arrested July 15 in South Pasadena.

Porter is being held in County Jail in lieu of $7 million bail. He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing Monday.

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