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Woman involved in volleyball camp scheme escapes center

A Medford woman convicted of sending her children door to door soliciting for a fraudulent volleyball camp walked away from the Talent Transitional Center Wednesday and was quickly apprehended, police said.

Carly Torres, 35, walked away from the center to "spend time with her family on Christmas," said Jackson County sheriff's Sgt. Tom Turk.

She and her husband Laramie Torres, 33, pleaded guilty Nov. 12 to theft charges after police discovered they ordered their daughters to canvass neighborhoods in Medford, Ashland and Eagle Point from late 2006 through 2007. They requested donations to help fund Carly Torres' oldest daughter's trip to a volleyball camp in trade for fraudulent car-wash tickets.

In addition, Carly Torres was convicted of computer crime, which was why she received a heavier sentence than her husband, who escaped jail time.

Torres was in the middle of her 90-day sentence when she left the transitional center Wednesday around noon. Local law enforcement received word of her escape and a sheriff's deputy located her on West Main Street in Medford shortly after she fled.

She ducked into a Dairy Queen and was found hiding in the bathroom. She was taken into custody without incident and charged with two counts of custodial interference. It is unclear what inspired the charges, as Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters did not immediately return calls late Wednesday seeking clarification on the arrest.

Custodial interference usually stems from a parent abducting or attempting to abduct a child with whom they are barred from contact.

Torres, who has a lengthy criminal history involving drugs and theft, was lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.