William Wade McDonald

Police seek more victims of alleged child sex abuser

Local report

Detectives said Monday there may be more victims of a man jailed last week on charges of sexually abusing children.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested William Wade McDonald, 52, Wednesday.

He entered not guilty pleas Friday to two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He is accused of sexual acts against a child younger than 12 from 2003 into 2007 and sexual acts against another child younger than 14 from 2003 into 2005, according to court documents.

Investigators allege the abuse occurred over a period of several years against children known to McDonald through family and friends. He lived in the Gold Hill area for at least 16 years. Most recently, McDonald had been living in his vehicle, according to the Sheriff's Office.

McDonald is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $500,000 bail.

He has a pretrial conference scheduled for Dec. 4, court records show.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office tip line at 541-774-8333. The case is number 17-19890.


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