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Redmond man arrested for possessing child sex abuse material and sexually abusing an animal (Photo) - 05/25/23

Date: May 25, 2023

Case #: 2022-00042246

Incident: Redmond man arrested for possession of child sexual abuse material and animal sexual abuse

Arrested: Jacob John Trudell, 32-year-old Redmond man

Charges: Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse I (10 counts), Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse II (10 counts), Sexual Assault of an Animal (2 counts), Encouraging Sexual Assault of an Animal

In July 2022, Bend Police received multiple tips from the International Crimes Against Children Task Force Program that a local person was in possession of child sexual abuse material and animal sexual abuse material on a cloud storage account.  

Detectives investigated the tips and determined the cloud storage account belonged to 32-year-old Jacob John Trudell, of Redmond.  

In January 2023, Bend Police served a search warrant at a residence in the 2800 block of Pumice Place in Redmond related to the case. Police seized a variety of evidence, including cell phones, computers and hard drives.

Detectives obtained additional search warrants to analyze devices belonging to Trudell. Those search warrants uncovered evidence of Trudell sexually assaulting a dog at a residence in Bend, as well as evidence of past sexual abuse of a minor. 

Bend Police detectives worked with detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit to identify the children in multiple images found on Trudell’s devices. A Charlotte, N.C., man was arrested on charges associated with those images.   

On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, a grand jury indicted Trudell on 23 counts related to this investigation, including 10 counts each of first-degree Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse and second-degree Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse, as well as two counts of Sexual Assault of an Animal and one count of Encouraging Sexual Assault of an Animal.

On Wednesday, May 24, a $1 million bench warrant was issued for Trudell, and on Thursday, May 25, Trudell was arrested in Eagle, Idaho. Trudell will be extradited to Oregon to face these charges. 

Bend Police would like to thank the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, deputies from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho, and detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for their assistance and hard work on this multijurisdictional investigation. 

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