Monday, June 7, 2010

Derek Leon Ellwood - Repeat Sex Offender - Reoffends 20 years Later

A registered sex offender awaiting trial in Douglas County is facing additional charges involving a 14-year-old girl.

Oregon State Police detectives based in Roseburg arrested 43-year-old Derek Leon Ellwood of Bay City on Friday as part of an investigation that began last November.

Ellwood was charged with rape, sodomy, sex abuse, encouraging child sexual abuse and using a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct.

In January, Ellwood was indicted by a Douglas County grand jury on charges of luring a minor and online sexual corruption of a child. He had been held at the Douglas County Jail until he posted bail in April and was released pending trial on those previous charges.

Police said Ellwood was registered as a sex offender in Oregon following a 1989 rape conviction.

"Continued investigation into this case and the discovery of additional evidence through forensic analysis, investigators were able to obtain probable cause to arrest Ellwood on additional charges," according to an Oregon State Police press release.

On June 4, state troopers along with the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office executed the search warrant. Ellwood was arrested and charged with the following additional charges:
  • Rape III
  • Sodomy II
  • Sex abuse III
  • Encouraging child sexual abuse II
  • Using a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct

Ellwood was transported by Oregon State detectives to Roseburg, where they believe the crimes occurred. He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail.

"This case is still ongoing as there are potential victims in other areas of the state," according to the state police release.

Those with related information are asked to contact Sergeant Teresa Bowersox at the Oregon State Police Office in Roseburg 541-440-3349.

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

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