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Since You Asked: Medford rape case trial set for Jan. 20

What is happening in the case of Shaun Temple, the man accused of kidnapping, raping and prostituting that young girl in a motel last summer?

It was all over the news for a while, but it seems like it's been a long time since we've heard anything new about this case. Did Temple cop a plea and go to jail already?

— Willa B., Medford

Shaun Patrick Temple, 24, is spending the holidays in a Jackson County jail cell awaiting his day in court, Willa.

Temple is slated for a Jan. 20 trial on charges that he forced an 18-year-old woman to perform sex acts for which he collected money and drugs in July. In September, he entered not-guilty pleas to nine criminal charges in Jackson County Circuit Court. He is being held on $1 million bail.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted Temple on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, delivery of methamphetamine, three counts of promoting prostitution and three counts of compelling prostitution.

Police allege Temple met the woman, who was new to town, sometime in late July at a downtown business. Over a three-day period, Temple took her to various motels and apartments around Medford and forced her to have sex with people who gave him money and methamphetamine in exchange, police said.

Temple allegedly told the woman he would physically harm her if she tried to get away. She was able to contact her friends and escape after the third day. Her friends then called police, who were unable to locate Temple for a month.

Temple called the Jackson County Sheriff's Department on Sept. 25 to arrange for his surrender.

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Since You Asked: Medford rape case trial set for Jan. 20