Two Arrested On Pornography Charges
On October 24, 2019, JCSO detectives, aided by the JCSO special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team, served warrants at residences in the first block and the 1800-block of Upper Applegate Road.
At the time of that incident, detectives arrested Joaquin Amadeus Cowart, 41, of the 1800-block of Upper Applegate Road. Cowart had felony warrants for absconding from parole, and for charges related to a domestic violence incident. He was lodged in the Jackson County jail without bail due to the State Parole Board warrant. Also, Cowart is a registered sex offender who had not updated his registration as required. The investigation has been continuing since then.
On 122319 JCSO Detectives added additional charges on Cowart, who has been in custody since October. Cowart has been charged with one count of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and five counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. Total bail $1,000,000.
Also on 122319 JCSO Detectives arrested another suspect in conjunction with this investigation. Mark Daniel Root, 56 years old of the first block of Upper Applegate Rd. Jacksonville, OR was arrested at his home. He was lodged at Jackson County Jail on three counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and eight counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. His bail is $1,000,000
JCSO detectives were assisted in this investigation by the Medford Police Department, Oregon State Police and Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force.