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Local man accused of sex crimes pleads not guilty

MEDFORD — A man accused of forcing an 18-year-old woman to perform sex acts for which he collected money and drugs last month pleaded not guilty to nine criminal charges Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Police had been looking for Shaun Patrick Temple since August, and a Jackson County grand jury previously had indicted him on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, delivery of methamphetamine, three counts of promoting prostitution and three counts of compelling prostitution.

At his Monday afternoon arraignment before Judge Tim Barnack, Temple pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Police allege Temple met the woman sometime in late July at a downtown business. The woman was new in town and had a falling out with friends when she encountered Temple, Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said.

Over a three-day period, Temple, 24, took the woman to various motels and apartments around Medford and forced her to have sex with people who gave him money and methamphetamine in exchange, Budreau said.

Budreau said Temple traumatized the victim, convincing her he would physically harm her if she tried to get away.

The victim was able to contact her friends and escape after the third day. The friends then called police, who were unable to locate Temple.

Temple said at his arraignment that he called the Jackson County Sheriff's Department on Sept. 25 to arrange for his surrender.

Temple made news last year when he and his brother, Kevin Kaleb Temple, 26, attacked two black teens who were walking on Riverside Avenue.

Witnesses told police the Temple brothers yelled racial slurs at the young men while confronting them along the street.

In that case, Shaun Temple, who has had eight prior arrests according to court records, was charged with two counts of intimidation, one count of fourth-degree assault and one count of menacing. The assault and intimidation charges were dropped after he pleaded guilty to a menacing charge. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail and 11 months of supervised probation by Judge Ray White.

The victim in the latest case has received housing and counseling, Budreau said.

Reach Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or sspecht@mailtribune.com.

Local man accused of sex crimes pleads not guilty