EUGENE, Ore. -- Police arrested a priest from Albany on encouraging sex abuse charges Thursday while working on a child pornography investigation.
Detectives searched 39-year-old Stanley Brittain's Albany home late Thursday morning and said they found evidence supporting the charges. Albany PD Captain Eric Carter said the search turned up more than two-dozen images of child pornography.
“They've recovered images of underage children involved in sexual activity. Now, whether that translates into having done anything particular with parishioners or anybody local we don't know,” said Cpt. Carter, “At this point in time we know the images are there, who they are of, we don't know and we hoping to determine that.”
Brittain, also known as Father Isidore, was associated with the St. Anne Orthodox Church in Corvallis until last week, officials said in a police report. Church officials said they're preparing a press release on the incident.
Albany Police said their investigation started with a tip from the Oregon Dept. of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Albany PD detectives worked with the state to serve a search warrant at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Brittain was booked into the Linn County Jail on 25 counts of 1st and 2nd degree encouraging child sexual abuse.
The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information regarding Stanley Brittain is asked to contact the Albany Police Detective Unit at 541-917-7680.