Rasmussen set to enter his plea on Feb. 13

I was wondering why we haven't heard anything more about the case against Kelly Rasmussen regarding his online sex charges. Are they still pending? Were they dismissed? What's happening with this case?

— Betty L., White City

The Clackamas County case continues against Kelly Rasmussen, a prominent Medford man accused of committing online sex crimes with minors.

Rasmussen, 47, was arrested in Portland in October, accused of having engaged in sexually explicit online chat with police officers he believed to be 11- and 13-year-old girls, and then driving to Portland to meet with them, said Michael Regan, Clackamas County senior deputy district attorney.

Rasmussen was arrested at the meeting site, Regan said.

Rasmussen was active in numerous community organizations and for the past 15 years had been a broadcaster for Table Rock Sports Productions, providing color commentary for South and North Medford high school football and basketball games.

He was initially arraigned on two counts of first-degree online sexual corruption of a minor. On Nov. 20, he was indicted on three more counts of the same crime, court records show.

Rasmussen has not yet entered a plea for the charges. His next hearing date is scheduled for Feb. 13 in Clackamas.

The combination of the two alleged actions — engaging in online sexual discussions with a minor (or an undercover police officer) and then "taking a substantial step to meet with that child" — supports charging Rasmussen with the most serious of the three new online laws against sexual predators enacted in January, Regan said.

Rasmussen was released with the stipulation he not use the Internet for reasons other than work. And he is to have no contact with the alleged victims, or visit chat rooms or have any Internet contact with minors, court records show.

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