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Task force searches Central Point home in child porn investigation

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — For the second time in less than a month, investigators from the Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) searched a local home in pursuit of a child pornography investigation, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday.

Alongside Central Point Police, the team served a search warrant at a home in the 500-block of Briarwood Drive in Central Point on Tuesday morning. According to the Sheriff's Office, investigators had learned that "numerous images of child pornography" had been uploaded from the home.

Detectives are interviewing possible witnesses and parties involved, and the investigation is ongoing.

A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children prompted the investigation, which led to subpoenas and a search warrant approved for the home. Investigators seized digital devices, which the local high tech crimes task force will examine for evidence of child exploitation.

SOCET served a search warrant at a Medford apartment complex in mid-November after similar indications of uploaded child pornography, the Sheriff's Office said at the time.

The joint interagency task force launched in June of 2020 with the aim of combating child exploitation and human trafficking, combining investigators from the Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Medford Police Department, Grants Pass Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations; as well as local prosecutors.