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Child pornography suspect now faces sex abuse charges after victim comes forward, Sheriff's Office says

Detectives and SWAT initially arrested 41-year-old Joaquin Amadeus Cowart in October, but he faces increasingly more serious charges.

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 2:13 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2020 3:01 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — An Applegate man first arrested in an October raid was later linked by investigators to a child pornography case. On Thursday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said that he now faces child sex abuse charges after a victim came forward.

Detectives and a SWAT team arrested 41-year-old Joaquin Amadeus Cowart during the search of two separate homes along Upper Applegate Road in October. Though originally picked up on outstanding warrants, a more in-depth investigation of Cowart's alleged activities followed.

Near the end of december, with Cowart still lodged in jail, detectives added more charges against him — this time for multiple counts related to child pornography.

On Thursday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office posted that Cowart had been charged Sex Abuse in the Second Degree. Court documents show that prosecutors leveled four counts against him.

"These charges resulted from the continued investigation of Cowart after a victim came forward to report additional crimes," the agency said.

According to court documents, the charges stem from events more than a decade ago, between 2007 and 2009. The alleged victim was under the age of 18 when the sex abuse occurred.

The child pornography and sex abuse charges represent two cases for which Cowart will be tried separately. In the meantime, Cowart is being held in the Jackson County Jail on more than $1 million bail.

Within a week of the authorities filing child pornography charges against Cowart in December, two other men living along Upper Applegate were arrested and accused of similar crimes.

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