Prominent Medford businessman and civic volunteer Kelly Rasmussen will be arraigned in Clackamas County this afternoon on charges related to alleged online sexual crimes involving minors.

Prominent Medford businessman and civic volunteer Kelly Rasmussen will be arraigned in Clackamas County this afternoon on charges related to alleged online sexual crimes involving minors.

Rasmussen, 47, was arrested Tuesday on nine charges of sexual corruption of a minor and luring a minor. He is being held in Clackamas County Jail on $155,000 bail, said Clackamas Sheriff Craig Roberts.

Rasmussen, who operates Jackson Travel in Medford, has been an announcer for local high school football and basketball games. He is a member of the Britt Festivals board and a former member of the board of Rogue Valley Youth For Christ.

News of the allegations against Rasmussen have spread "like wildfire" throughout the Medford community, said Brad Bills, the executive director of the church youth group.

Marc Bayliss said he and Rasmussen spent almost 20 years volunteering together as sports announcers at local high school football and basketball games. Bayliss said was stunned to hear the allegations against Rasmussen.

"This shocking news has hit me very hard," Bayliss said.

Police say Rasmussen began communicating online with a law-enforcement officer posing as a 13-year-old in July and with an officer posing as an 11-year-old girl in September.

Rasmussen will be arraigned on two counts of first-degree online sexual corruption of a minor, five counts of second-degree online corruption of a minor and two counts of luring a minor.

— Sanne Specht