Man gets 10 years for school intrusion, sex crimes
A man will serve 10 years in prison after admitting to a string of sex offenses that included attempts to upload child pornography on Facebook and spending more than an hour hiding in a Talent Middle School locker room.
Curtis Bradley Stevenson, 42, was sentenced Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to multiple child porn charges in order to close a trio of sex offense cases that included a locker room intrusion near the end of the 2019 school year.
On June 2, 2019, a Talent Middle School physical education teacher found Stevenson hiding in the girls locker room, according to earlier news reports. The school district stated after Stevenson’s arrest that a student had let him in through a side door and that he was on the premises for more than an hour.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating Stevenson prior to his arrest for at least 11 attempts to upload graphic images of child sexual abuse onto Facebook between April and June of 2018, which were flagged by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and forwarded to an Oregon Department of Justice task force, according to court filings and earlier news reports.
At his residence in the 2400 block of North Valley View Road in Ashland, police found three pairs of female underwear, a student’s missing iPhone and methamphetamine. Police also found photos of nine female students — all of whom were clothed — on one of the cellphones seized from Stevenson.
Stevenson faced 11 counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse in the 2018 uploads flagged by Facebook, charges of burglary, identity theft and computer crime in the Talent Middle School intrusion case, and nine counts of attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct in recordings of clothed juveniles he took in the locker room.
On Wednesday, Stevenson pleaded guilty to five felony counts of attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.
Judge Lorenzo Mejia followed the terms of the plea agreement negotiated between Senior Deputy District Attorney Terry Smith-Norton and Stevenson’s court-appointed defense lawyer Michael Bertholf, and sentenced Stevenson to 120 months in prison.
Jackson County Circuit Court records show Stevenson has felony convictions dating back to 2001 for first-degree theft, third-degree assault and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Stevenson’s history of sex offenses dates back to 2009, when he was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor. A charge of failing to report as a sex offender that followed his June 2019 arrest is still pending, court records show, with a trial scheduled for November 2019.
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