Jason Robert Porter sentenced to 280 years-to-life plus five years in prison for his conviction of 52 counts related to child sexual abuse, child pornography and other crimes.
Author: District Attorney
6/28/2021 4:39:58 PM
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Jason Robert Porter (49) has been sentenced to 280 years-to-life plus 5 years for his June 2, 2021, conviction on 16 felony counts, including multiple sex crimes against four child victims and possession of child pornography. Porter was also convicted of 36 misdemeanor counts of unauthorized invasion of privacy.
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Jason Robert Porter (49) has been sentenced to 280 years-to-life plus 5 years for his conviction on 16 felony counts, including multiple sex crimes against four child victims and possession of child pornography. Porter was also convicted of 36 misdemeanor counts of unauthorized invasion of privacy.
On June 2, 2021, San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Barry T. LaBarbera found Porter guilty of the charges after Porter waived his right to a jury trial and the matter was heard by the judge. Judge LaBarbera likewise imposed today’s lengthy sentence.
The judge considered evidence that between February 2008 and June 2016 Porter sexually abused four female child victims between the ages of 1 and 13 and videotaped 36 victims without their knowledge. The crimes for which he was convicted began when Porter was 36 years old.
Parents of the young victims addressed the Court and the defendant describing the painful impact of Porter’s criminal conduct.
“We sincerely applaud the courage of these young survivors in reporting the abuse, and the parents of the survivors who appeared in court today to face the defendant and express the very real impact of his terrible crimes,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “This sentence sends a clear message that we will prosecute child sexual predators to the maximum extent of the law.”
This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Melissa Chabra who is assigned to the District Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. "I am pleased that after five long years I was able to be a part of the team to finally deliver justice to all of the survivors involved. The young victim's bravery while testifying in court in front of her abuser inspires me to continue my work on these cases and fight for justice for all survivors of sexual abuse in our county," said Deputy District Attorney Melissa Chabra. Child sexual abuse cases are among the most emotional and complex prosecutions handled by law enforcement and prosecutors.
The case was investigated by the Paso Robles Police Department with the assistance of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation and Central Coast Cyber Forensic Laboratory (CCCFL). The CCCFL was formed out of a partnership between the District Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Justice, the California Military Department, and Cal Poly. The CCCFL was inaugurated on March 1, 2017.
A copy of the charging document can be found here and a copy of the defendant’s booking photo can be found here.
Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.
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