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Former Medford pastor withdraws request for early prison release

A former Medford youth pastor and convicted sex offender will not seek early release from federal prison after all.

Donald Courtney Biggs, 42, withdrew his request for “compassionate release” from his prison sentence Tuesday and called-off any future hearings on the matter in U.S. District Court in Medford, according to a document filed this week from a public defender representing Biggs.

In May, Biggs petitioned for a public defender help him pursue early release because he feared contracting COVID-19 at the low-security correctional institution where he’s held in Sandstone, Minnesota.

Biggs was youth pastor at Mtn. Church in downtown Medford until early 2015, when he was arrested for years of hidden camera recordings of juvenile girls in his congregation that were captured in his home and across state lines on church trips to California, according to earlier news reports.

Biggs was sentenced to prison in 2018 for transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity — but not before a victim’s relative lunged across the courtroom and punched him during the sentencing hearing.

Biggs is scheduled to be released from prison in May of 2028, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Donald Courtney Biggs, a former Medford church youth pastor now serving a federal prison sentence for hidden camera recordings. File Jackson County Jail booking photo.