Bend man arrested after undercover investigation
A suspected online predator in Deschutes County faces felony charges in Southern Oregon following a monthslong investigation involving an undercover Jackson County sheriff’s deputy who posed as a juvenile online.
Steven Lee Genereux, 69, of Bend, is in the Deschutes County Jail on a Jackson County warrant charging him with multiple counts of luring a minor and online sexual corruption of a child. Generaux allegedly exchanged sexually explicit messages with the undercover deputy since at least June, made multiple attempts to solicit photographs from the person he believed to be a juvenile and made arrangements to meet in Jackson County for sexual contact, according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Mike Moran and court documents filed last month in Jackson County Circuit Court.
The sheriff’s office and Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force began investigating Genereux in May, Moran said.
The online conversations involving Genereux allegedly went on “for months,” according to Moran.
Prosecutors outlined sexually explicit online conversations that allegedly occurred on seven dates between June 16 and Sept. 3, according to the document charging Genereux with seven counts of luring a minor and three felony counts of second-degree online sexual corruption of a child.
The sexual corruption charges allege that Genereux used online communication “to solicit a child to engage in sexual contact or sexually explicit conduct and agreed or offered to physically meet with the child” in online conversations that occurred June 23, 24 and 29, according to court documents.
Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies served the Jackson County warrant at Genereux’s Bend home at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Police said they believe more victims may be out there, according to Moran. Anyone in Jackson County with information about Genereux is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 541-774-6800, ask for Det. Steve Bohn and reference case No. 20-1516. Anyone in Deschutes County with information is asked to call Douglas County sheriff’s Det. Keith Slater at 541-550-4859.
Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.