Jerry Duane Lodge, 72, has been incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail since his arrest on December 9, 2017.
Thursday, he received a sentence of 75 months in prison, without the possibility of early release, due to Measure 11 sentencing guidelines; it was part of a negotiated settlement.
Lodge was arrested for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl while volunteering at Lower Table Rock Elementary School in White City. Shortly after, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office learned of a second victim.
He was a volunteer through the Foster Grandparent Program facilitated by Community Volunteer Network, a division of Pacific Retirement Services (PRS). That’s where Lodge was known as “Grandpa Jerry” to the children of his class. It’s a program that puts senior volunteers in classrooms throughout the Rogue Valley.
He had no prior criminal record.
Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia. She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.