Medford man convicted of multiple child sex abuse charges

Anita Burke, Mail Tribune | Oct. 4, 2011

Prosecutors plan to seek a life sentence for a sex offender convicted Monday of 21 felony sexual abuse and child pornography charges.

Richard Lee Taylor, 59, of the 700 block of Nobility Drive, Medford, was found guilty of five counts each of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sodomy; and three counts each of first- and second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.

In October of 2009, a school official reported that Taylor had sexually abused two 12-year-old boys, the Jackson County District Attorney's Office reported in a news release today. Medford police investigated and found that Taylor befriended two boys, then engaged in sexual activity with them in spring 2009. He recorded the contact, police reported in October 2010, when Taylor was arrested.

He also had pleaded guilty in a separate sexual abuse case in April 2009.

Prosecutors said in today's release that Taylor has two previous felony convictions related to the sexual abuse of children. One of those cases happened in Oregon and the other was in California, the release said.

When Taylor's trial wrapped up Monday, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack ordered him held in the Jackson County Jail without bail while a pre-sentencing investigation is done. A sentencing hearing will be set at a later date, but the district attorney's office has filed notice with the court that it plans to seek a sentence of life in prison.

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