SUSPICIOUS PERSON REPORT LEADS TO ARREST FOR ENCOURAGING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Date: May 10, 2016

 

Keizer Police Department
Media Release

Title:

SUSPICIOUS PERSON REPORT LEADS TO ARREST FOR ENCOURAGING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Location:

3700 Block of Pleasant View Drive NE Keizer, Oregon

Case Number:

16 - 1875

Date & Time:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Person Information

ARRESTED

TREVOR PHILLIP HIGHSMITH

166 TRIPLE TREE CIRCLE NORTH

KEIZER, OREGON

Date of Birth: 07/15/1993

Age: 22

Gender: Male

COUNTS

CHARGE

BAIL

TOTAL BAIL

10

ENCOURAGING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

$10,000.00

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

Summary

On Monday May 9, 2016 at about 7:50 a.m. an alert 13-year old female 7th grade student who was walking to Claggett Creek Middle School (1810 Alder Drive NE Keizer) observed a male subject she believed had followed her to school in a vehicle and had taken photographs, videos or both of her with his cellular telephone.  The student avoided contact with the subject, but very wisely made a mental note of the description of his vehicle, its license plate and a unique sticker on its windshield.

Upon her arrival at school she immediately reported this incident and the observations she made to school staff who then immediately reported the incident to the Keizer Police Department.  The investigation of this incident by the School Resource Officer Unit Supervisor, Sergeant Trevor Wenning, and School Resource Officer David Zavala began immediately.

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at about 7:30 a.m. Officer David Zavala was patrolling the area of Claggett Creek Middle School and Weddle Elementary School looking for the vehicle and subject who was reported to have been involved in the incident the previous day. While near the intersection of Alder Drive NE and Pleasant View Drive NE Officer Zavala observed a male subject in a vehicle matching the description of the subject and vehicle that was described from the incident the previous day.  The license plate on the vehicle was off by one character from the license plate the female student had provided to investigators the previous day.  The vehicle had just come from the area of Claggett Creek Middle and Weddle Elementary schools on Alder Drive NE after which it turned southbound onto Pleasant View Drive NE.  Officer Zavala followed the vehicle and observed the driver park it in front of a private residence a couple of blocks away in the 3700 block of Pleasant View Drive NE. The driver exited the vehicle and went into the residence.

A short time after a back-up officer arrived, Officer Zavala and the back-up officer made contact with the driver who came outside of the residence to speak with them. The driver was identified as 22-year old Trevor Phillip Highsmith of Keizer.  During their conversation with Trevor Highsmith and the continuing investigation Trevor Highsmith gave written consent for the officers to seize his personal cellphone to be searched and analyzed for records, images and the data it contained.  Additionally, Trevor Highsmith volunteered to go to the Keizer Police Department to be interviewed further.

While Trevor Highsmith was being interviewed his cellphone was searched at which time investigators found dozens of images of child sexual abuse on it. In addition to the images that were criminal for Trevor Highsmith to have in his possession, several other images of female schoolchildren who appeared to be walking to or from school often wearing backpacks were found. Investigators believe Trevor Highsmith took these images within the past three weeks.  Although these images are not criminal in nature, additional follow-up efforts to identify who these girls are will be ongoing.

Trevor Highsmith was arrested and taken into custody for 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the second degree.  He was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility mid-afternoon.  The booking photo of Trevor Highsmith can be accessed through the Marion County Correctional Facility.

Additionally, two photographs of the vehicle Trevor Highsmith was operating today are being released at this time.

The Keizer Police Department and our School Resource Officers have a very close working relationship with the Salem-Keizer School District and its staff.  Both entities have communicated throughout the ongoing investigation and today's arrest of Trevor Highsmith.

The Keizer Police Department would like to remind parents or guardians that this incident should serve as a reminder to all of us that there are individuals in society who pose a danger to our children and parents are encouraged to speak to their children about "stranger danger."  Younger children should be accompanied by a responsible adult whenever possible. When not under the supervision of an adult, children should stay in groups and be aware of their surroundings.  Additional safety tips and information parents can teach children about "stranger danger" can be found on the National Crime Prevention Council's website on the following link:

http://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/strangers

The Keizer Police Department continues to investigate this incident and the images found on the suspect’s phone at this time. Anyone having information about this incident is asked to contact Officer David Zavala at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3512.

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Author

This media release was disseminated by Deputy Chief Jeffrey Kuhns on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 4:09 PM. If you need further information regarding this incident, please contact our Public Information Officer, Deputy Chief Jeffrey K. Kuhns, during normal weekday business hours. If this is an after hours, weekend or holiday inquiry, please contact the author or the On-Duty Supervisor at the authors phone number and extension listed below or through our dispatch center at 503-390-2000.

Deputy Chief Jeffrey Kuhns
503-390-3713 ext. 3480
KuhnsJ@Keizer.org