HILLSBORO, Ore.- The following is a statement from Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton on the murder trial of Derek Chauvin:

The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is an important recognition by our justice system of a terrible crime that we all witnessed. It is also a crucial reminder that much work remains to ensure our society is truly just and equitable for everyone.  The over 130 members of the Washington County DA’s Office are committed to this goal. 

For more information on Equity & Justice initiatives undertaken by our office, please visit our Equity & Justice webpage

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On February 26, 2021, a Washington County jury found Christopher Noel Villarreal, age 45, guilty of three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, strangulation and fourth-degree assault. On March 30, 2021, Judge Ted Simms sentenced the defendant to 224 months prison. Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the case against Mr. Villarreal.

The victim in this case is known to the defendant. In July of 2019, she awoke to Mr. Villarreal sexually assaulting her as she slept. She reported the attack to friends but did not report the incident to police. She confronted the defendant about the assault and told him never to do that again. However, four days later, he sexually assaulted her again. She awoke to the assault and tried to fight the defendant off but could not overpower him as he proceeded to strangle and physically assault her. 

The victim went to the hospital the next morning. She also reported the incident to the Hillsboro Police department which immediately launched an investigation.

At the sentencing hearing, the victim delivered a victim impact statement. The State also presented information from two other women who were victimized by the defendant. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the bravery of the victim in this case in reporting these assaults and confronting the defendant in court. Her courage gave two other women the strength to come forward. This office also thanks the Hillsboro Police Department, Detective Michelle Hahn and the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab for their work on the case. 

Mr. Villarreal will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.  

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On February 26, 2021, a jury convicted Abelino Garcia-Vasquez, age 33, of two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, two counts of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration and seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Senior Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver prosecuted the case against the defendant before Judge Eric Butterfield.

This case involves the sexual abuse of two children known to the defendant. The victims were nine and seven-years-old when the defendant began abusing them. One of the victims disclosed the abuse to her friends but none of them reported the disclosures to law enforcement, the Oregon Department of Human Services, or a responsible adult. Eventually, the victim also disclosed the abuse to a mandatory reporter—a school counselor—who alerted the authorities.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation. Unfortunately, members of the victim’s family did not take the allegations seriously and continued to support Mr. Garcia-Vasquez during that time.

In 2019, while the investigation was pending, a family member found the second victim’s personal journal in which she detailed the abuse perpetuated by Mr. Garcia-Vasquez. That family member then reported her findings to the Oregon Department of Human Services and law enforcement.

Both of the victims were interviewed by experts at CARES Northwest where they gave details regarding the abuse.

Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office made various attempts to interview the defendant. During a phone call with detectives, the defendant denied any wrongdoing before claiming he was traveling to Mexico to visit a sick family member. He agreed to meet with detectives for an interview but ultimately fled the state. After receiving information that Mr. Garcia-Vasquez had returned to the area, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Apprehension Team effectuated his arrest. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the bravery of these two victims throughout this trying process. This office also thanks the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, CARES Northwest and the Oregon Department of Human Services for their work on this case.

A sentencing hearing for the defendant is scheduled for March 26, 2021. Mr. Garcia-Vasquez will remain in custody until that time.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On February 10, 2021, Judge Andrew Erwin found 44-year-old Cesar Lujano-Rosales guilty of two counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree sexual abuse in a bench trial. On April 7, 2021, Judge Andrew Erwin sentenced the defendant to 100 months in prison. In addition to his prison sentence, Mr. Lujano-Rosales was also ordered to undergo 20 years of post-prison supervision and to register as a sex offender. Deputy District Attorney Marie Atwood prosecuted the case against the defendant.

In June of 2020, neighbors of the then 17-year-old victim became concerned when they spotted a person climbing out of the victim’s bedroom window. Witnesses reported the person was dressed as a woman in a skirt and wig but was clearly a man. They alerted the victim’s mother who notified law enforcement.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office immediately launched an investigation. They learned the victim was developmentally disabled. The victim told his mother that the man initially approached him outside his apartment complex and struck up a friendship. The defendant eventually began sending the victim sexually explicit messages and asked the victim for money. Mr. Lujano-Rosales arranged a meeting with the victim leading to the sexual abuse.

Investigators were able to identify the defendant, age 43 at the time, as a person of interest in the case. When they confronted him at his apartment, they found the skirt and wig he used in the attack. The defendant initially denied having sexual contact with the victim but eventually admitted to the sexual contact.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the work of Deputy Meg Just and Sergeant Robert Rookhuyzen of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on this case. CARES Northwest also aided in this investigation, as did personnel from the Beaverton School District.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton recently joined Clackamas County District Attorney John Wentworth in voicing his support for Measure 11, Oregon’s violent crime mandatory minimum sentencing law.

The pair submitted an opinion piece to The Oregonian in which they urge lawmakers not to make drastic changes to the law. Measure 11 was overwhelmingly passed by voters in 1994 and reaffirmed by voters once again in 2000 with a 73% approval rate.

Measure 11 provides reasonable and uniform minimum prison sentences for Oregon’s most violent crimes. It is a law proposed by the people – not prosecutors or politicians – in response to a justice system in need of reform because it failed to protect crime victims and the public.

The Oregon District Attorney's Association, which represents elected district attorneys across Oregon, also reaffirmed its support for Measure 11. ODAA issued this press release and provided this informational packet to support its arguments. 

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On February 9, 2021, Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett conducted a swearing-in ceremony for Detective Kevin Winfield. Detective Winfield has more than 20 years of investigative experience and will be assigned to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office to re-examine violent crime cold cases that involve identified DNA associated with a possible suspect. Detective Winfield’s position is supported by a federal grant. The grant, “Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA,” is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

In 2020, the Washington County District Attorney’s Office was awarded $470,000 in grant funding to investigate violent crime cold cases. A cold case is defined as a case three or more years old that is not under active investigation. After an in-depth review, multiple cases were identified as suitable for further investigation under this grant. These cases date back to 1968 and several of them contain DNA evidence. Additionally, there are potentially hundreds of unsolved sexual assault cases over the decades that also contain DNA evidence.

In addition to Detective Winfield’s position, this grant also allows for the hiring of a forensic consultant. These two new positions will work with a prosecutor and victim advocate to form a Violent Crime Cold Case Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).  The MDT will work together to solve and prosecute violent crime cold cases in Washington County and in partnership with existing resources, including the Washington County Major Crimes Team.

“We are excited to welcome Detective Winfield as our first dedicated cold case detective. While these cases may be labeled ‘cold cases,’ to the victims and their families they are just as real and important today as they were when the crime occurred many years ago. This new position is an effort to ensuring these cases remain a top priority,” said Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton.

“I am grateful for the DA’s Office to acquire grant funding to make this possible. The hope to resolve cases that include lives lost due to homicidal violence elevates the voices of our community’s victims and provides a measure of hope for their family and friends. My sincere thanks to Detective Winfield as well for his devotion to these important cases,” added Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett.

Cold Case Spotlight

The 2001 murder of Loni Okaruru, a transgender woman, remains one of the cold cases identified for renewed investigation under this grant funding. Ms. Okaruru was found murdered in Hillsboro, Oregon. This horrifying crime shook the community then and continues to cause pain today. We've included a news clipping regarding this case from 2001.

Submit Your Tips

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office has established a website with more information on this effort. Anyone with information pertaining to a violent crime cold case should call local law enforcement. Tips can also be submitted directly to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office by calling 503-846-8671.

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Public Information Officer
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