Local Child Exploitation Task Force Makes Two Arrests (Photo)
JCSO Case 22-2677, GPPD Case 22-18267
ROGUE VALLEY, Ore. - The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force arrested two suspects yesterday on charges of encouraging child sexual abuse. Each case started after SOCET received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that numerous images of child exploitation were uploaded from the residences. The cases are not related.
The first arrest came yesterday morning when SOCET investigators along with Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Patrol deputies pulled over the suspect as he was leaving his residence on the 300 block of Broad Street in Butte Falls. The suspect, Joshua Remington Pettry, 28, has been charged with two counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. He is lodged in the Jackson County Jail.
The next arrest came when SOCET and Grants Pass Police Department (GPPD) officers served a search warrant at the 2700 block of Florer Drive in Grants Pass. During the search warrant investigators discovered the primary suspect was not at the location. He was later contacted in Myrtle Creek, Ore. and arrested. The suspect, Saige Issaic Powers-Collins, 23, was charged with one count each of first and second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. He is lodged in the Josephine County Jail. Myrtle Creek Police Department conducted the initial investigation before turning the case over to SOCET.
During the warrant, investigators seized digital devices which will be forensically examined by the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force for further evidence of child exploitation. A tip from NCMEC started the investigation, which led to subpoenas, followed by the search warrants at the residences.
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 JCSO, GPPD, 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.