An investigation into an unrelated property crime led Jackson County sheriff's detectives to a Medford man suspected of distributing child pornography.
Investigators were examining a cellphone in a property case when they found evidence of child pornography connected to 42-year-old Rondee Quinton Businger.
The detectives then enlisted the help of the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force, which obtained a search warrant for Businger's home in the 3700 block of Sherwood Park Drive.
Investigators seized digital evidence, including Businger's computer. The evidence showed that Businger had possessed and distributed several images of child pornography, according to Central Point police Lt. Mike Anderson, who supervises the task force.
"At this time we do not believe any of the victims in the images were local children," Anderson said.
Businger has a background in information technology (IT) and works with computers at his job, Anderson said.
Anderson said search warrants were served at Businger's employer. He declined to comment on the evidence found on Businger's work computers.
Businger was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on 10 counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and 10 counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. He remained in jail Friday on $500,000 bail.
Anderson said it was fortunate that Businger's alleged crimes were discovered, even if it was in a roundabout way.
"It does happen that we sometimes find evidence of child exploitation while investigating an unrelated crime," Anderson said.