TRAIL, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives have added charges related to the possession of images of child sexual abuse to a man already in jail. The suspect is the same man recently accused of trying to photograph girls in a Talent school locker room.
On May 29, 2018, JCSO detectives were alerted to suspicious online activity by the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. The DOJ had received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children (NCMEC) regarding images of child sexual abuse that were uploaded by a Facebook user.
Through information obtained by ICAC investigators and JCSO detectives, the suspect in the case was identified as Curtis Bradley Stevenson (AKA Smith), 40, of the 7200-block of Crowfoot Road, Trail. Stevenson was a registered sex offender.
Detectives served a search warrant at Stevenson’s residence on June 14, 2018. Several items of evidence were seized, including electronic devices. The devices were transferred to the DOJ lab to complete a forensic search. Detectives were further assisted in the investigation by agents with the US Department of Homeland Security.
In the meantime, JCSO detectives were asked to assist the Talent Police Department (TPD) with a separate case involving Stevenson, now age 41. TPD arrested Stevenson on June 3, 2019, after he was suspected of entering the girls’ locker room at Talent Middle School and attempting to take photographs. Stevenson remained lodged in jail as detectives continued the investigation.
In August 2019, JCSO detectives received a report from DOJ investigators regarding the search of Stevenson’s devices from the 2018 case. DOJ forensic investigators reported finding multiple images depicting child sexual abuse on the devices.
On September 3, 2019, detectives added ten counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the first degree to Stevenson’s booking charges at the jail. Detectives simultaneously added nine charges of attempting to use a child in a display of sexual conduct related to the TPD investigation (refer to information released by TPD for details).
Detectives say cases involving electronic evidence are increasingly common, and the investigations can be lengthy and complicated. They wish to thank the personnel from all of the involved agencies for their diligence and collaboration on this investigation.