Oregon school volunteer accused of sexually abusing 2 kindergartners

Jerry Duane Lodge,72, of Medford faces accusations he sexually abused 2 kindergartners at Lower Table Rock Elementary School. (Jackson County Jail)

WHITE CITY, Ore. - A school volunteer now faces accusations he sexually abused two students in the same kindergarten class, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said.

A grand jury indicted Jerry Duane Lodge, 72, on 2 counts of first degree sex abuse, the sheriff's office said.

The allegations first arose December 6. Detectives arrested Lodge on December 8 and accused him of sexually abusing a 5-year-old student at Lower Table Rock Elementary School in White City.

"Lodge was in the classroom through the Foster Grandparent Program facilitated by Community Volunteer Network, a division of Pacific Retirement Services," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "The program places senior volunteers in classrooms throughout the Rogue Valley. Participants must pass a criminal background check."

The school district and sheriff's office held a meeting with class parents after the arrest to discuss the situation.

"During the investigation, detectives identified a second victim from the same kindergarten classroom," the sheriff's office said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the case can call Detective Jason Penn at (541) 770-8925.

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