Grants Pass man accused of sex abuse now faces child pornography charges

Grants Pass Police detectives arrested 60-year-old Jay Reese earlier this month after he allegedly sexually abused a teenage girl.

Posted: Feb 10, 2021 10:49 AM
Updated: Feb 10, 2021 10:57 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass man accused of sexually abusing a teenager last month now faces child pornography charges, according to police.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety arrested the suspect, 60-year-old Jay Reese, at the beginning of February after receiving a report that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old girl. The girl reported that she met Reese at Walmart on Thursday, January 28. Then, police say, Reese took her to lunch and back to his home.

According to the report, the girl stayed at Reese's house overnight. Sometime during the night, Reese allegedly "subjected the victim to sexual contact without her consent."

GPDPS detectives arrested Reese on sex abuse charges on February 2, lodging him in the Josephine County Jail.

The agency said at the time that Reese had been associated with a number of school sports programs in Oregon and northern California over the past several years, prompting concerns that he may have victimized others.

Following Reese's arrest, police say that they were granted a search warrant to look through the man's cell phone. During that search, investigators reportedly found two images consistent with child sexual exploitation.

"One image depicted a toddler-aged female and one depicted a prepubescent female; both images included an unknown adult male subject engaged in sexual conduct," GPDPS said.

With the new evidence, a Josephine County Grand Jury approved an indictment of Reese on Tuesday for a total of five counts — three counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, and two counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

Anyone with information about this or a similar case is asked to contact Detective Heather Yerrick at 541-450-6260, case #21-4447.

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