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  • High-tech cops arrest two Southern Oregon men for sex abuse

  • The Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force arrested a pair of Rogue Valley men this week in separate investigations into sex crimes against children.
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  • The Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force arrested a pair of Rogue Valley men this week in separate investigations into sex crimes against children.
    The first came Monday when officers with the task force arrested Denis Christian Apenes, 29, at his West Nevada Street home in Ashland.
    Apenes was charged with possessing five images of child pornography. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on two counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and five counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.
    Officers allege Apenes possessed and duplicated videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
    "We believe he was downloading images from websites and then disseminating them," said Central Point police Lt. Josh Moulin, the high-tech team commander.
    The task force does not believe any of the children in the videos are local.
    On Tuesday, task force members traveled to Grants Pass to arrest a man they say attempted to lure a 14-year-old girl into having sex with him.
    Officers stopped Robert George Moore, 57, in his car near Northwest Fifth Street in Grants Pass.
    Investigators allege Moore began communicating with the girl electronically and had exchanged more than 450 text messages with her since Nov. 1.
    During online communication, Moore reportedly sent the girl sexually explicit images and asked her to meet him for sex in exchange for money somewhere in Grants Pass.
    Moore was arrested on his way to meet the girl at the location they agreed to meet. Moulin would not comment on how officers learned Moore had asked the girl to meet him.
    Moulin said most Internet predators cast a wide net online to seek out multiple victims.
    "They might contact several individuals but only a few might respond," Moulin said.
    Moulin said Moore mostly attempted to contact young girls in the Grants Pass area.
    "We are looking for anyone else who might have had contact with Moore," Moulin said.
    Moore was lodged in jail on charges of online sexual corruption of a child, luring a minor and prostitution.
    Since Moore met his victim online, the task force believes he might have contacted additional victims. Anyone with information on unreported crimes linked to Moore is asked to call the task force at 541-423-1315.
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471; or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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