GRANTS PASS, Ore. —
UPDATE: There is now a warrant out for the arrest of 43-year-old Christopher Stout after he failed to appear in court today to face charges for the attempted abduction of three young girls from Allen Dale Elementary.
Due to reportedly significant medical issues, Stout has not been in jail since his initial arrest on October 24. He was granted a "conditional release" for medical reasons on the same day as his arrest, and may have been brought to receive treatment at a hospital in Portland.
Nevertheless, Stout was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for two felony charges — Attempted Rape in the First Degree and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree.
It is unknown at this time whether Stout's failure to appear had direct correlation with his medical condition or represented an attempt to avoid trial.
According to court documents, Stout had been exchanging suggestive and sexually explicit messages with one 10-year-old victim on the day before he went to Allendale Elementary in an attempt to pick up all three girls. School administrators refused to release the girls.
The same documents say that Stout told law enforcement "he was not sexually aroused and did not really want to engage in sexual intercourse," though he did admit to sending the messages.
(Updated 10/31/18 at 4:58 p.m.)
INITIAL REPORT: A man has been hospitalized and will face sex abuse charges after attempting to lure and abduct three young girls from an elementary school in order to have sex with them, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS).
On Tuesday, police learned of a "suspicious situation" at Allendale Elementary School. The office reported to an on-duty school marshal that a man had just tried to remove three young female students from class — two 10-year-old girls and an 8-year-old girl. The marshal radioed police to let them know.
Later identified as 43-year-old Christopher Stout, GPDPS said that the suspect was not related to any of the students and was not listed as an approved person to take them from school.
The school staff checked with the girls' parents and found out that Stout was an acquaintance, but they were not aware of any plans for him to pick up the children.
When the school staff told Stout that the children would not be released to him, Stout left.
Soon after, detectives went to work on investigating Stout. Interviewing other people, they identified Stout and discovered a likely location for him. According to GPDPS, the detectives also uncovered evidence that Stout had planned to pick the girls up in order to engage "in sexual contact with at least one of the girls."
When GP detectives and Central Point police interviewed Stout and investigated his home, they took him into custody. However, Stout soon began experiencing complications from "pre-existing medical issues" and had to be brought to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment.
Stout was admitted to the hospital for treatment, and was processed there. Charges are being filed at the Josephine County District Attorney's Office — one count of Attempted Rape 1, and one count of On-Line Sexual Corruption of a Minor 1.
"The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would like to acknowledge and commend the oﬃce staﬀ at Allendale Elementary for following District 7 protocols, which ensured the safety of the three students," GPDPS said in a statement. "Parents are also encouraged to have discussions with their children to reinforce safety protocols. Having plans, discussing and following them are the best way to ensure the safety of our children."
The case remains under investigation, and anyone with more information should call GPDPS at 541-250-6260.
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