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Police Arrest Suspect in Dating App Sexual Assaults on Underage Victims

Detectives began investigating several cases of sexual assault on minors in 2015—finally gathering enough information to identify the 26-year-old suspect at the end of July this year.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 5:09 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2018 5:16 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — After three years of investigation, the Medford Police Department (MPD) has arrested a suspect in several sexual assault cases on underage girls that began in 2015.

In December of 2015, a 12-year-old girl reported to MPD that she had been sexually assaulted. At the time, MPD reports, there was "limited information" available to identify a suspect, known only as "Jax."

Meanwhile, a sexual assault case involving a 14-year-old girl came to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) during the same year. The victim reported that she had been assaulted in White City by a man she met on the Meetme.com app. The suspect had identified himself to the victim as "Jackson Campbell," or "Jax Campbell."

The White City victim reported that "Jax" had convinced her to meet with him. When they did meet, the suspect arrived on a motorcycle.

In both cases, MPD says, a suspect was never developed and the two cases were not connected by investigators from the two different departments.

It wasn't until February of 2018 that the victim of the Medford case approached MPD detectives again, offering additional information. Investigators found that the 12-year-old victim had met the suspect on the Meetme.com app. The victim and the suspect, who called himself "Jaxson Campbell," talked through text for about a month before he convinced the victim to meet him in Medford.

During the first meeting, the victim said that "Jaxson" made sexual advances, but she begged him to stop. When they met a second time, the victim said that "Jaxson" sexually assaulted her.

The Medford victim told police that the suspect had arrived on a motorcycle both times they met. With the new information, detectives made the connection between the Medford and White City incidents.

Detectives again interviewed the victim in the White City case and were able to develop additional information that identified “Jaxson” as 26-year-old Timothy Diaz Jr.—a Registered Sex Offender residing in Medford. Records indicate that Diaz also goes by the alias of “Jax,” according to MPD.

When detectives identified Diaz as the suspect, it was also learned he had extraditable warrants out of Arizona for ten counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

The victim in the Medford case was able to identify Diaz as the man who had assaulted her over two years ago. Meanwhile, the White City victim disclosed to investigators that Diaz had also sexually assaulted her in Medford during 2017.

Officers arrested Diaz and lodged him at the Jackson County Jail on July 27, 2018 on charges of Rape 2, Sex Abuse 1, and two counts of Sex Abuse 2 for the assaults that occurred in Medford. Diaz was charged and indicted for additional crimes stemming from the 2015 Jackson County case, to include Rape 1.

Detectives are concerned there may be additional victims who have met “Jaxson Campbell,” “Jackson Campbell,” or “Jax” on Meetme.com or another social media app. MPD encourages anyone who may have additional information to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 541-774-2230.

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