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Police: Registered sex offender discovered in girls locker room at Talent Middle School

Security footage showed that the man had been hiding in the school for about an hour and a half.

Posted: Jun 4, 2019 9:24 AM
Updated: Jun 4, 2019 5:57 PM

TALENT, Ore. — A registered sex offender is behind bars on Tuesday morning, accused of hiding out inside the girls locker room of Talent Middle School, according to the Talent Police Department (TPD).

School officials contacted police after 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon, claiming that they had discovered a man inside the girls locker room.

"The subject was no longer on scene but had spoken with school employees after being discovered and left school grounds upon request of school staff," TPD said in a statement.

After the man left, TPD said that school employees looked over security video and found that the man had been inside of the school for about an hour and a half, apparently hiding in the locker room for most of that time.

"Staff discovered the individual gained access to the school after a student opened a side door to the school for him," TPD said.

Officials also said that a student had reported her iPhone missing from the locker room during that time.

Investigators later identified the suspect as 41-year-old Curtis Bradley Stevenson — an "out of compliance" sex offender who had failed to register, TPD said — and tracked him to a home in Ashland. Officers took Stevenson into custody without incident, reportedly finding the stolen iPhone and some clothing that also appears to have been stolen from the school.

"Additionally, drug paraphernalia, Methamphetamine and stolen items belonging to an individual in the 200 Blk of Pacific Hwy in Talent were located," TPD said.

Stevenson has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail on two counts of Burglary II, two counts of Theft II, Trespass II, Possession of Meth, Tampering with Physical Evidence and two counts of Failure to Register as a sex offender.

"The Talent Police Department is working with detectives from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to determine if Stevenson has been involved in other similar incidents in the area. There is no evidence that Stevenson had any direct interaction with students in the locker room," the agency said.

According to a probable cause statement filed by the arresting officer, Stevenson told school staff that he had been visiting a young relative at the school. When staff talked to the relative, he confirmed Stevenson's account. The officer's statement also reveals that the "clothing" found in Stevenson's possession referred to three pairs of girls underwear recovered along with the stolen iPhone.

At an arraignment hearing on Tuesday, the Jackson County District Attorney's office requested that Stevenson's bail be set at $250,000 — saying that he was a danger to the public due to his criminal history, and the fact that he had been spotted in the girls bathroom at Talent Middle School.

The judge acknowledged that Stevenson had avoided run-ins with the law for several years, but also highlighted the man's serious prior criminal history. Ultimately, the judge set Stevenson's bail at $150,000, with a preliminary hearing set for June 11.

The most serious charge that Stevenson could face is Burglary 1 — a charge that has nothing to do with his alleged activity at the school, but instead concerns the possible theft in Talent. For that charge, Stevenson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $375,000 fine.

Stevenson requested a court-appointed attorney to represent him.

Anyone with information on this case and/or Stevenson is asked to contact Ofc. Z. Mailand at 541-535-1253. (TPD Case 19-1856)

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