SEVERE WX : Red Flag Warning View Alerts

Sheriff: Classroom 'Grandpa' Sentenced for Sex Abuse

A 72-year-old man who volunteered in elementary school classrooms is going to prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sex abuse.

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 6:03 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2018 6:08 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Once affectionately referred to as "Grandpa Jerry," a former classroom volunteer is headed to prison after his arrest and conviction for sexually abusing two kindergarten students in White City.

72-year-old Jerry Duane Lodge pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree sexual abuse in Jackson County Circuit Court on Thursday.

As part of a negotiated settlement, Lodge received a sentence of 6 years and three months in prison, without the possibility of early release. He has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail since his arrest on December 9, 2017.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives arrested Lodge after investigating a report that Lodge sexually abused a 5-year-old girl while volunteering at an elementary school in White City. Detectives later learned of a second victim in the class.

A grand jury indicted Lodge on charges related to the abuse of both girls.

During an interview with detectives, Lodge confirmed both girls’ claims that he touched their genitals on the inside of the their underwear. Lodge told detectives he found opportunities to touch the girls when others weren’t looking. He said he even did so in the middle of the classroom, using his body to shield the act from the teacher.

The girls reported that Lodge told them to keep the abuse a secret.

Lodge was known as “Grandpa Jerry” to the children in the class. He was in the classroom through the Foster Grandparent Program facilitated by Community Volunteer Network, a division of Pacific Retirement Services (PRS). The program places senior volunteers in classrooms throughout the Rogue Valley. Participants must pass a criminal background check.

Detectives say as soon as the abuse allegations surfaced on December 6, officials with the Eagle Point School District and PRS cooperated fully with the criminal investigation and prevented Lodge from having any further contact with students. School officials and JCSO detectives held a meeting with parents in the classroom following Lodge's arrest to answer questions about the incidents.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 193732

Reported Deaths: 2572
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah38352591
Washington25592233
Marion22026306
Clackamas17440214
Lane13007148
Jackson10862139
Deschutes896274
Umatilla820284
Linn492969
Yamhill446376
Klamath441164
Polk375752
Malheur351863
Josephine334570
Douglas327271
Benton310019
Jefferson219837
Coos206633
Columbia174427
Union144823
Lincoln137921
Wasco137728
Hood River118730
Crook111322
Morrow110716
Clatsop9858
Baker95414
Tillamook6493
Curry6469
Grant5095
Lake4517
Harney3448
Wallowa1845
Gilliam631
Sherman581
Wheeler321
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3764405

Reported Deaths: 62573
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles123645624067
Riverside2994554594
San Bernardino2967824715
San Diego2785913729
Orange2709835026
Santa Clara1190642096
Kern1091771374
Sacramento1048401686
Fresno1018381688
Alameda879401657
Ventura810011013
San Joaquin732201391
Contra Costa68741805
Stanislaus621421061
Tulare49654839
Monterey43613383
San Mateo42038568
San Francisco36720544
Santa Barbara34337456
Solano32953252
Merced31898460
Sonoma30035320
Imperial28443726
Kings22989246
Placer22679292
San Luis Obispo21308260
Madera16462242
Santa Cruz16264207
Marin14056227
Yolo13910210
Shasta12152226
Butte12026199
El Dorado10168112
Napa987082
Sutter9433112
Yuba626847
San Benito606563
Lassen570624
Tehama557262
Nevada474275
Tuolumne413166
Mendocino410149
Humboldt404641
Amador365847
Lake347643
Glenn239125
Colusa223416
Siskiyou223424
Calaveras212954
Inyo142838
Del Norte13938
Mono12844
Plumas7106
Modoc4994
Mariposa4487
Trinity4005
Sierra1120
Alpine880
Unassigned520
Medford
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 79°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 57°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
80° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 79°
Grants Pass
Partly Cloudy
80° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 79°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
76° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 76°
Thunderstorm threat, critical fire danger this afternoon
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Friday, May 14 morning weather

Image

Day two of manslaughter trial in fatal Medford road rage case

Image

Special bond fuels Abramson and Armantrout's CCC title run

Image

Thursday, May 13th Evening Weather

Image

HealthWatch: Signs and symptoms of a stroke

Image

HealthWatch: The importance of donating blood

Image

Pet of the Week: Cohen and Whiskers

Image

Thursday, May 13 morning weather

Image

Take a Hike: Panorama Point

Image

Take a Hike: Twilight Trail