Since You Asked

In February 2004 the Mail Tribune ran a story about John Stephen Mitchell being arrested for sex abuse. I was wondering about the outcome. Was he cleared or convicted?

— Trent S., Ashland

For those who don't remember, Mitchell was accused of sexually abusing a minor over a period of several years. The abuse began when the victim was 12 years old, police said.

Mitchell, 68, was arrested after the victim discussed the abuse with a health professional, police said. Mitchell was a Medford business owner at the time of his arrest.

Jackson County Circuit Court records show Mitchell was convicted in April 2004 of third-degree sexual abuse and forced ingestion of a controlled substance.

He was ordered to serve 18 months probation and register as a sex offender. In addition, he was fined $3,000, records show.

The charges of first-degree and second-degree sex abuse were dropped.

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