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GP Teacher has May 2018 trial date

What's the latest on the case of Van Len Granger, the Grants Pass area elementary school teacher accused of sexually abusing a boy in Medford? Has he had his trial yet?

— No name given, via phone

You haven't missed the trial. Granger, 48, of Grants Pass, has a trial date set for the first week of May 2018, in a felony case accusing him of sexually abusing a boy he was mentoring between July and December of 2015, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Granger, who prior to his December 2015 arrest taught fifth grade at Manzanita Elementary School in Merlin, pleaded not guilty in January 2016 to felony counts of second-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse, alleging he abused a boy who was 12 years old at the time.

Granger's defense lawyers seek to challenge the credibility of the alleged victim, the victim's aunt and the professional opinions of the forensic interviewer and forensic medical examiner, according to a document filed Monday in a dispute over Children's Advocacy Center records involving the alleged victim. Also Monday, Granger's lawyers sought records from a Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force computer analysis.

Among other mental health and support records the defense intends to draw from include Department of Human Services branches in Jackson and Josephine counties, and the alleged victim's personal school file from Three Rivers School District.

On Aug. 21, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia authorized a reduction in Granger's bail to the minimum $50,000 — of which only 10 percent needs to be posted. Granger's family previously posted $100,000 toward his $1 million bail and seeks a refund based on Granger's lack of criminal history and because he's not a flight risk.

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