Merlin teen faces indecency, harassment charges

ROGUE RIVER — A Merlin teen was arrested on public indecency and harassment charges after he allegedly exposed himself to children at a Rogue River playground last weekend.

Van Arthur Patrick Bivins, 19, remained in the Jackson County Jail late Friday. Rogue River police said he exposed himself Sunday afternoon to several children at Rogue River Elementary School.

Police said Bivins appeared to urinate in a water bottle, then doused children ages 9 through 12 with the bottle's contents and chased them around the playground.

Bivins also allegedly attempted to attack a 17-year-old male who witnessed the incident and tried to intervene on behalf of the children.

Police said one of the children ran home and told his father about the trouble on the schoolyard. After the father confronted Bivins and another male companion, who apparently did not participate in the criminal behavior, both men ran toward Abby's Pizza on Pine Street and attempted to flee in a red Toyota truck, police said.

The men were stopped by Rogue River police officer Ken Frownfelter, who arrested Bivins on charges of public indecency, disorderly conduct, menacing, fourth-degree assault and harassment. The other man was not charged.

Bivins pleaded not guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court, where he was arraigned Monday on second-degree disorderly conduct and two counts of harassment. He remained in jail on $15,000 bail.

Bivins was arrested on felony drug charges related to a previous arrest also made near the elementary school on April 10, court records show. He was charged with a single count each of possession of ecstasy and oxycodone. He pleaded guilty on May 13 to the first charge. The second charge was dismissed. Bivins was sentenced to 18 months probation.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or e-mail

Share This Story