Wallowa County man arrested for attempting to lure teen with autism in Central Point following 11 month investigation

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MEDFORD, Ore. – A Wallowa County man accused of attempting to lure a Central Point teenager online is now lodged in the Jackson County jail.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives say the arrest caps an 11-month investigation.

On October 19, 2017, the parents of a 14-year-old boy with an autism spectrum disorder contacted JCSO to report suspicious online activity.  Detectives learned the teen victim had been communicating online with an adult male who sent the victim images depicting child sexual abuse, and encouraged the victim to send sexual images of himself.  The victim told detectives the man claimed to be a firefighter who attempted to meet the victim in person while he was working in Southern Oregon.

Detectives were later able to identify the suspect as John Delbert Stonebrink, 50, of Wallowa, Ore.  Detectives confirmed that Stonebrink was employed as a sanitation truck driver working at the Miller Complex Fires (in Jackson and Josephine counties) periodically from August to November 2017.

On January 9, 2018, with assistance from the Enterprise Police Department and the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, JCSO detectives served a search warrant at Stonebrink’s home in the 81000-block of Leap Lane in Wallowa.  They recovered several items of evidence.  Electronic items were later analyzed by forensic examiners with the Oregon Department of Justice.

On September 19, 2018, a Jackson County grand jury indicted Stonebrink on charges of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first and second degree, luring a minor, and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.  A judge issued an arrest warrant following the indictment.

Stonebrink was arrested on the warrant in Wallowa County on September 25, 2018.  He was lodged in the Umatilla County jail and transported to Jackson County on September 27.

Detectives say Stonebrink used his real name as well as nicknames like “JDStone,” “JDStone67,” and “codywest” on social media and email.  Additional charges may be forthcoming as the electronic evidence is examined further.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Steve Bohn at (541) 774-6168.  Refer to case #17-22149.

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