Medford man suspected of trying to lure teen into sexual relationship

A Medford man is jailed on numerous sex crime charges after allegedly trying to lure a local 15-year-old girl into a sexual relationship through social media, police said.

Louis Medcalf, 50, is held on three charges each of first- and second-degree online sexual corruption of a child and luring a minor, and one charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $140,000 bail.

Investigators believe Medcalf tried to lure the girl into a relationship using various social media websites and through text messages, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release today.

The investigation into his reported activity started last month after the Department of Human Services contacted police about the exchanges between Medcalf and the girl. The correspondence lasted several months, police said.

"It looks like there were multiple messages that were sent back and forth," Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said. "As the relationship grew, it went to text messages."

Police served a search warrant at Medcalf's home in the 900 block of South Oakdale Street, Medford, Thursday and found evidence connecting him to the online luring of the teen, Carlson said.

She declined to release specifics on what was found because investigators suspect Medcalf might have contacted other minors using similar methods.

"Based on how Medcalf was communicating, there are other victims out there," Carlson said.

Detectives will use the evidence to corroborate stories of other potential victims they haven't interviewed yet.

"We're being really careful with the information we're releasing at this point," Carlson said.

The case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department tip line at 541-774-8333.

— Ryan Pfeil

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