PORTLAND -- A Salem husband and wife wanted by federal agents for videotaping sex acts with children have been arrested after surrendering to police.
Michael and Michelle Freeman were expected to make an appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.
An agent interviewed Michael Freeman at the couple's home in Northeast Salem. A criminal complaint filed in court said Freeman agreed to speak with the agent, but said he later would retain an attorney.
Freeman said he learned from a friend that his wife Michelle had been identified as a Jane Doe in a photograph that was being circulated by police investigating child pornography. Sexually explicit photos of two young girls and the woman were found by investigators. Police circulated the photo of the woman as a Jane Doe, asking if anyone recognized her and a tip eventually led them to Michelle, investigators said.
Michael was shown a copy of the photograph and also identified the woman in the frame as his wife, police said.
Freeman told the agent that he was in a 'bad place.' He admitted taking nude photos and video of children and trading them across the Internet.
Of his wife's involvement, Freeman told the agent I started it. Somehow she got involved.
Both were booked into the Multnomah County jail on Tuesday and held without bail on a U.S. Marshal's hold.
The criminal complaint concluded that the Freeman could be accused of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Production of Child Pornography).
Attachments to the complaint outline the manner in which the pornography was distributed over the Internet. An arrest warrant for Jane Doe was a part of the court documents in support of the criminal complaint.