Medford man charged with injecting teen with drugs
A Medford man faces a string of felony charges accusing him of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, injecting a mixture of drugs into the minor, and posing as the victim’s father in the emergency room.
Jacob James Townsend, 46, was charged with sexual abuse and custodial interference surrounding an alleged sexual relationship with the minor since August, along with drug charges alleging he injected methamphetamine and heroin into the girl before she was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center, according to court documents.
The victim allegedly told investigators she had been in a sexual relationship with Townsend, and that he injected her with drugs, according to a court document filed by Medford police.
The victim’s medical records showed opiates and meth in her system, according to police.
Police said Townsend posed as the victim’s father to pick up the teen from the hospital earlier this month, as well as to collect “his daughter’s” cellphone at the hospital. While posing as the father, Townsend allegedly told a police officer he would not consent to a forensic search of the girl’s phone.
On Wednesday, the Jackson County district attorney’s office charged Townsend with using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct alleging he took sexually explicit photos and recordings of her, along with second-degree custodial interference, identity theft, application of controlled substances to the body of another person, and second-degree sexual abuse.
Court records show no prior felony convictions for Townsend, but he has a separate case pending for second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree theft and providing false information to police on accusations he stole power from a city of Ashland electrical bus to power a bus he was living out of earlier this year, and lying to police about his identity.
Townsend has been held in the Jackson County Jail since Monday, when Phoenix police arrested him for allegedly providing false information to police and misdemeanor warrants for failing to appear in court on previous charges of providing false information to police and third-degree theft. On Wednesday afternoon he was being held on $60,000 bail.