TALENT, Ore. — A registered sex offender who was caught after hiding out in the Talent Middle School girls locker room took pictures of "at least nine" girls, according to an update from the Talent Police Department (TPD).
Officers began investigating on June 3 after school staff reported a suspicious man in the school. The man left after being confronted by staff, but security footage revealed that he had been hiding out in the girls locker room.
An investigation later led law enforcement to arrest 41-year-old Curtis Bradley Stevenson in Ashland, seizing a phone and other items believed to have been stolen. He was charged with Burglary I, Burglary II, Failure to Register Sex Offender x 2, Identity Theft and Computer Crime.
"The Talent Police Department requested assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) with conducting follow-up investigation on this matter, specifically searching cell phones seized from Stevenson," TPD said in a statement released on Tuesday.
A search of the phone revealed images of at least nine female students, TPD said — all in the Talent Middle School locker room, and all clothed.
"The JCSO detective and school officials identified the majority of the female students and made contact with parents," the agency said.
Stevenson has remained in jail since his arrest on June 3, and now faces an additional nine counts of of Attempting to Use a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, plus ten counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse added by Sheriff's Office detectives on an unrelated case.
According to JCSO, detectives received word from the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force on May 29, alerting them of suspicious online activity in the area.
"The DOJ had received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children (NCMEC) regarding images of child sexual abuse that were uploaded by a Facebook user," JCSO said.
Detectives later identified Stevenson as their suspect, though he was already in jail following his arrest in Ashland.
On June 14, detectives searched Stevenson's house and seized evidence, including "electronic devices." Those were sent to a DOJ lab for forensics.
"In August 2019, JCSO detectives received a report from DOJ investigators regarding the search of Stevenson’s devices from the 2018 case," the agency said. "DOJ forensic investigators reported finding multiple images depicting child sexual abuse on the devices."
JCSO added its ten charges against Stevenson on September 3, the same day that TPD added its nine charges.
In the aftermath of both investigations, TPD said the Phoenix-Talent School District has partnered up with the agency to fund a part-time school resource officer stationed at Talent Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year.
"Additionally, the School District continues to partner with local law enforcement agencies including Talent PD and JCSO on safety related issues on all their local campuses," TPD said.