Thursday, October 16, 2008

James Lee Shorts - Repeat Sex Offender - Pedophile Scumbag

James Lee Shorts (Deschutes County Jail photo)

A 33-year-old Redmond man whose young son fell out of a second-story window two months ago is behind bars on charges he violated his probation for having child pornography on his computer, police said Thursday.

James Lee Shorts was taken into custody after a search warrant was executed at his Southwest Wickiup Court home on Monday, Redmond police Lt. Gary DeKorte said.

Shorts' probation officer was alerted to images being on his computer that violated terms of his probation, DeKorte said.

"He was allowed to go in by a member of the household," to confirm what was alleged, DeKorte said, and the search warrant was sought and executed shortly thereafter.

"We did it because it was alleged that he had uploaded or downloaded pictures that violated his probation," the lieutenant said, adding that a forensic examiner would be examining what was on the seized computer.

Shorts remained at the Deschutes County Jail in Bend on Thursday, held without bail on the probation violation charge and on $45,000 bail for two counts of encouraging sex abuse, one second-degree and the other third-degree, a jail officer said.

A neighbor, Lisa Beal, said she was upset that the police and landlord didn't let her and other neighbors know a person convicted of child pornography crimes was living next door.

"We watched them execute all of it," she said of Monday's raid. "We watched them take out the computer." Beal said she has three children and noted that there are "probably 15 children in this cul de sac."

On Aug. 10, Shorts' 5-year-old son tumbled from a second-story window and his neighbors rushed to help the child. The parents apparently were unaware of what happened until a neighbor banged on their door.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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