A Medford man is held on $1 million bail, facing allegations that he met more than a dozen teen girls online, sent them explicit nude photographs, and sexually abused at least three of them, police said in a news release.
A Jackson County grand jury indicted Christian Alexander Sanchez, 20, of the 2300 block of Highgate Street, Medford, on Wednesday on numerous sex crime charges. Court records list 27 charges, including nine counts of first-degree sex abuse; four counts of third-degree sex abuse; two counts each of third-degree rape, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and online corruption of a child; and charges of fourth-degree assault, coercion, second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree and attempted first- and second-degree sodomy, and first- and second-degree unlawful sexual penetration.
Sanchez was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop on West Jackson Street, near McAndrews Road, Medford police said.
Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said the investigation against Sanchez has been going on for months. Police arrested Sanchez in April for a reported assault of a 15-year-old girl with whom he was romantically involved.
“The investigation somewhat snowballed from there,” Budreau said. “We determined he was in a relationship with not only her, but multiple other girls.”
Police seized Sanchez’s phone, and during an investigation, found nude pictures of underage girls, along with evidence that he had sent them nude and explicit photographs of himself.
“Through our forensic evidence, we found out he was engaging in what’s commonly known as sexting with multiple underage girls,” Budreau said. “He’s meeting these girls through, basically, Facebook and other online or file-sharing apps.”
Investigators suspect Sanchez was involved with more than a dozen girls between the ages of 13 and 16. Detectives believe he engaged in sexual activity with at least three underage girls.
Court records show separate charges of online sexual corruption of a minor and telephonic harassment against Sanchez were dismissed in May.
He has a pre-trial hearing in the current case scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5.
— Ryan Pfeil