A Medford man found in bed with a 7-year-old victim pleaded guilty to four Measure 11 sex crimes in Jackson County Circuit Court this morning, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Gregory Dean Looper, 55, pleaded guilty this morning before Judge Tim Barnack to two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.
Barnack sentenced Looper to 25 years in prison, ordered him to register as a sex offender, undergo a lifetime of post-prison supervision and pay restitution to the victim.
In August 2012, Medford police received a digital camera from a concerned citizen. After obtaining a search warrant and with assistance from the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force, investigators retrieved more than 50 images from the camera that depicted an unidentified adult male sexually abusing a pre-pubescent child.
"The police had images of a little girl and male body parts," said Jackson County Deputy District Attorney J. Adam Petersen. "This is a law enforcement officer's worst nightmare. You know you have a victim in harm's way, a child who is actually being abused."
In less than 24 hours after receiving the camera, detectives with the Medford Police Department and Medford Area Gang and Drug Task Force (MADGE) were able to establish probable cause to serve a search warrant at a Medford residence where they located and subsequently arrested Looper, who was found partially dressed and in bed with a 7-year-old girl, the victim in the case, Petersen said.
On Aug. 28, Looper was indicted by a Jackson County grand jury on two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. The remaining counts were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, Petersen said.
The victim's mother attended the sentencing. She declined to comment.
Barnack said he hoped the child would receive counseling and ultimately heal from the "horrendous acts" perpetrated upon her by Looper.
"I hope for her sake that she grows up putting this behind her as best she can," Barnack said.
— Sanne Specht