Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety

On January 29, 2021, officers with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) received a report of a sex offense involving the 60-year-old suspect, Jay Reese, and a 17-year-old female victim. The juvenile reported she met Reese at Wal-Mart on January 28, 2021. From there, Reese took the victim to lunch and then to his residence. The juvenile stayed with Reese overnight and, during that time, Reese is alleged to have subjected the victim to sexual contact without her consent. 

On February 2, 2021, at 12:45 pm, GPDPS detectives arrested Reese and lodged him at the Josephine County Jail on the listed charges. This case is still under investigation and additional charges may be pending.

Due to the nature of this case, there is concern there may be other victims. Over the past several years, Reese has been associated with various school district sports programs in Oregon and Northern California. If anyone has any information about this or a similar case, please contact Det Heather Yerrick at 541-450-6260, case #21-4447.