Eagle Point man accused of luring teen online
An Eagle Point man previously convicted of raping a teen faces new charges accusing him of luring a juvenile online.
Jed Randall Burns, 35, faces charges in Jackson County Circuit Court accusing him of exchanging explicit messages with a 17-year-old girl using texts and social media between Jan. 10 and March 4 of this year, and made attempts to meet the girl in person with the intent of making sexual contact with her, according to court documents and a news release issued Thursday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Burns was arrested Wednesday, after sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant at his home in the 300 block of Leafwood Drive, according to police.
Police said the investigation started in February, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip about sexual images of a child being shared online, and passed the information along to the sheriff’s office.
Through the investigation, police identified Burns as a suspect, but investigators believe more Southern Oregon victims may be out there. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 541-774-8333, and refer to case No. 19-5151.
Burns made his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon on charges of encouraging child sexual abuse, online sexual corruption of a child, luring a minor and using a child in sexually explicit conduct.
The charges accuse Burns of duplicating “sexually explicit conduct involving a child” involving video recordings, exchanged sexually explicit messages with the teen online and “offered to physically meet with the child,” according to the indictment filed by prosecutors.
Burns was being held Thursday in the Jackson County Jail on $75,000 bail.
Court records show that Burns is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 2011 of third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy and first- and second-degree online sexual corruption of a child after engaging in at least one sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl he met through MySpace. Court documents say Burns also engaged with other juveniles using the social network prior to his arrest in January 2010.