Charged with 11 counts relating to the sexual abuse of a boy under age 14, Kristin Elaine (Jasa) Stickler, 25, of Madras, pleaded not guilty June 21, in the Jefferson County Circuit Court.
The charges were the result of a two-month-long investigation, which started April 22, when investigators with the Madras Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office began looking into allegations that an educational assistant and assistant track coach at the Jefferson County Middle School was having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Jefferson County School District 509-J immediately placed Stickler on administrative leave, and barred her from any interaction with students, according to District Attorney Steve Leriche.
Following the investigation, which was conducted by the MPD and JCSO, with assistance from Oregon State Police and the Bend Police Department, the results of the investigation were presented to a Jefferson County grand jury June 19. The grand jury returned an indictment with 11 charges, and she was arrested the next day.
The charges include online first-degree sexual corruption of a child, which alleges that between Dec. 1, 2018, and April 22, she used "an online communication to solicit a child to engage in sexual contact and intentionally took a substantial step toward physically meeting with the child."
Stickler is also charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and one count of second-degree sodomy, all Class B felonies, which occurred between Jan. 1, and April 6. Those five charges are Measure 11 crimes, subject to a mandatory minumum sentence of six years and three months in prison.
The indictment refers to specific sexual contact that Stickler is alleged to have had with the victim.
Other charges include four counts of second-degree sexual abuse, Class C felonies, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor, all of which occurred during the same time period, Jan. 1 to April 6.
The endangering charge alleges that she "unlawfully and knowingly" permitted the victim "to remain in a place where unlawful activity involving controlled substances was maintained and conducted."
The Class B felonies are each punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, and the Class C felonies, by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $125,000.
At her arraignment on June 21, Stickler, who was represented by attorney Tim Gassner, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Security was set at $250,000. Afterward, she was booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, where she posted 10% of the bail — $25,000 — and was released.
Investigation into the case continues. Anyone with additional information about the allegations is asked to contact JCSO Detective Jason Pollock at 541-475-2201, or MPD Detective Sgt. Steve Webb at 541-475-2424.
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