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Sex-abuse sentence bars man from shoe stores

A man who asked women to try on shoes for him, then fondled their legs and feet at stores across Oregon, including in Medford, was found guilty Tuesday in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

Steven George Bronson, 46, of Beaverton, pleaded no contest to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and a charge of harassment. A judge found him guilty of all charges.

Bronson was arrested this summer after inappropriate contact with women in department stores came to light.

In July, a 15-year-old girl at Ross Dress For Less on Poplar Drive in Medford reported that a man asked her to try on shoes he wanted to buy for his wife, then kissed her feet and legs when she put on the shoes, Medford police said.

That case prompted other women to come forward with similar stories in Medford and in the Portland area.

After surveillance video of the man was released, an alert woman in Happy Valley spotted him and contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, which sent deputies to arrest Bronson.

The charges stemmed from incidents at a Target and Ross Dress For Less in the Clackamas area in July.

Bronson has undergone mental health evaluations since his arrest. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years on probation Tuesday.

He is barred from stores in Oregon selling footware, and must register as a sex offender and comply with mental health treatment, Clackamas County court records show.

Jackson County court records show no additional charges are pending here.