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Medford man pleads guilty to encouraging child sex abuse

The Jackson County District Attorney's Office said that Dorian Jeffries was sentenced to 55 months in prison.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 11:57 AM
Updated: Dec 6, 2019 12:01 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford man was sentenced to more than 4.5 years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to five counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the First Degree, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

34-year-old Dorian Jeffries was arrested and booked into jail in April of this year. The DA's Office said that the case began when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) flagged multiple picture depicting "child exploitation" from Jeffries' Yahoo accounts.

NCMEC froze Jeffries' accounts, the reported him to the ICEC (Internet Crimes Against Children) and the Department of Homeland Security. Those agencies contacted the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Following a series of search warrants, investigators with the Sheriff's Office seized some items believed to contain evidence, allowing     a high tech crimes task force to analyze them — finding the images that had been uploaded.

"Jeffries initially told law enforcement that he saved and uploaded the images in order to forward them to law enforcement," the DA's Office said. "No such report was ever made to any law enforcement agency."

This case was not Jeffries' first brush with the law over sex crimes. He has a prior conviction from 2016 for Attempted Sex Abuse in the First Degree. Shortly before that, he was charged on multiple counts of sodomy and sex abuse, but was acquitted.

Jeffries will receive credit for his time served in jail this year, subtracted from his 55 month prison sentence. He will be required to register as a sex offender and serve three years on probation following his prison term.

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