Joint Task Force Seizes Evidence in Explicit Child Image Investigation

The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force alongside Josephine County Sheriff’s Office detectives, served a search warrant Tuesday morning at a residence in the 1000 block of Plumtree Lane on the outskirts of Grants Pass.

Investigators discovered multiple images of child exploitation were uploaded from the residence. Investigators are interviewing possible witnesses and involved parties, and investigations are ongoing.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tips started the investigation, which led to subpoenas, followed by the search warrant at the residence.

During Tuesday’s search warrant, digital devices were seized, and will be forensically examined by the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force for further evidence of child exploitation.

SOCET is a joint inter-agency task force that started in June of 2020 to combat child exploitation and human trafficking. The task force consists of investigators from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Medford Police Department, Grants Pass Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations; as well as prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County.