ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE
January 4, 2014
RE: Ashland Police Case 13-2743: Arrest of Christopher Ian Iverson
4 counts Rape in the third degree (ORS 163.355)
1 count Sodomy in the third degree (ORS 163.385)
6 counts Sexual Abuse in the third degree (ORS 163.415)
4 counts Delivery of a controlled substance MDMA (ORS 475.872)
1 count Delivery of a controlled substance marijuana to a minor (ORS 475.860)
6 counts Contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor (ORS 163.435)
6 counts Endangering the welfare of a minor (ORS 163.575)
On January 3, 2014 Christopher Ian Iverson was arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the above charges. Total bond is set at $197,000.
The Ashland Police Department has had an on-going investigation into Christopher Iverson's contact with juvenile females and males since early 2011 when the department began receiving information that Christopher Iverson was providing illegal drugs, including MDMA (commonly known to subjects in this case as "molly"), marijuana and "whippets" (nitrous oxide) to multiple people during "after parties" that would take place at his business, Culture Works, in late 2010 and into 2011. Culture Works was a cafe and performing arts venue in the 300 block of Oak Street in Ashland, and is no longer open.
Information was also received regarding concerns that Christopher Iverson was involved in a sexual relationship with one or more minor females who either worked at or frequented Culture Works. Recently multiple persons have come forward and cooperated with the police investigation into Christopher Iverson's criminal activity. The investigation revealed that Christopher Iverson would provide illegal drugs to minors in exchange for sexual activity as well as providing illegal drugs to minors during events at his business (Culture Works) and other events around the State of Oregon.
Multiple search warrants were executed on January 3, 2014 and additional charges are expected.
It is strongly believed by investigators that additional victims of Christopher Iverson have yet to be identified . Anyone who worked at Culture Works or has knowledge of Christopher Iverson's criminal activity is encouraged to contact Detective Carrie Hull at 541-552-2126. Investigators have no intention of arresting any of the minors involved and view these persons as victims of Christopher Iverson.
Deputy Chief Corey Falls will be available for press inquiries during business hours on
Monday January 6, 2014, please call 541-482-5211