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Rasmussen pleads guilty to sex charges

A prominent Medford man pleaded guilty today to committing online sex crimes with minors.

Kelly Rasmussen, 47, pleaded guilty in Clackamas County Circuit Court to two counts of first-degree online sexual corruption of a minor. Three other counts remain listed as "active." Rasmussen has a sentencing hearing scheduled for April 3, court records show.

Rasmussen was arrested in Portland in October 2008

(see correction note below) after engaging in sexually explicit online chat with police officers he believed to be 11- and 13-year-old girls, and then driving to Portland to meet with them. He was arrested at the meeting site.

Michael Regan, Clackamas County senior deputy district attorney, said the combination of Rasmussen's actions - engaging in online sexual discussions with a minor (or an undercover police officer) and then taking a substantial step to meet with that child - supports charging Rasmussen with the most serious of three new online laws against sexual predators enacted in January 2008.

Newscasts in October showed a shaken but cooperative Rasmussen being arrested by officers at an undisclosed location in Portland as he stepped out of his vehicle. He was originally held on $155,000 bail and later released on his own recognizance.

Rasmussen is the vice president of Jackson Travel in Medford. He was president of the Southern Oregon Golf Tournament and a past president of the Rogue Valley Country Club. He is a member of the Medford Linebackers Club and the Medford Rogue Rotary Club.

The Britt Festivals suspended Rasmussen from its board after the news of his arrest hit. He no longer broadcasts for Table Rock Sports Productions after providing color commentary for South and North Medford high school football and basketball games for 15 years.

- Sanne Specht

Correction: The original version of this story included an incorrect date. This version has been corrected.