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On April, 3, 2018, the Washington County Board of Commissioners joined with communities around the nation in formally recognizing the second week of April as Washington County Crime Victim’s Rights Week. The commissioners invited District Attorney Hermann to address their work session with a presentation on county-wide efforts to assist victims and seek justice. DA Hermann explained the work of our Victim’s Assistance Department, as well as the efforts of our law enforcement and community partners to serve victims and protect our vulnerable populations. He was joined by Chief Deputy DA Kevin Barton, who spoke about four current events impacting crime victim assistance in Washington County, including the formation of a School Safety Task Force and the award of VOCA grant to help child sex trafficking victims.

Their full remarks can be seen in the videos below:

DA Hermann on Victim’s Services:

Chief DDA Barton on New and Upcoming Events:

HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Washington County DA's Office joins with the Washington County Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and Safety Compass in proudly announcing a new partnership to help victims and survivors of child sex trafficking.

On March 29, 2018, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum finalized the award of a Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant to the Washington County Child Sex Trafficking Task Force. This grant will support ongoing efforts to combat child sex trafficking by funding Safety Compass services in Washington County. Safety Compass is a non-profit organization that provides culturally specific advocacy services for victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Safety Compass currently operates in Marion and Clackamas counties, and this new VOCA grant will allow Safety Compass to expand to provide trauma-informed and confidential advocacy services to victims and survivors of sex trafficking in Washington County.

Child sex trafficking is an increasing problem throughout Oregon. These cases are difficult to investigate and prosecute. The Washington County DA's Office and Washington County Child Abuse MDT have long worked with community partners to combat child sex trafficking. This new partnership with Safety Compass will enhance services for these vulnerable victims and survivors.

The Washington County Human Trafficking Task Force is a subcommittee of the Child Abuse MDT. Led by the DA's Office, the Human Trafficking Task Force includes Washington County law enforcement agencies, Safety Compass, DHS, the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, Washington County Juvenile Department and CARES NW. The purpose of the Task Force is to coordinate sex trafficking investigations and prosecutions in Washington County while ensuring victims and survivors receive trauma-informed advocacy services.

HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Washington County District Attorney’s Office is announcing the creation of a School Safety Task Force formed in partnership with the Washington County Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).

The School Safety Task Force will work toward ensuring that schoolchildren, staff, and faculty are safe when they attend or work in Washington County public and private schools. The task force will consider a wide range of potential threats to school children. This will include evaluating initiatives to prevent school shootings and violence, as well as addressing cyber and online threats, sexting and sexual assaults, bullying, youth suicides, and drug endangerment. This task force will look for ways to compliment existing local, statewide, and national efforts to address school safety issues and focus on specific issues impacting Washington County schools.

Washington County is home to over 100,000 school-age children. All children, staff, and faculty in our schools have a right to a safe educational environment and the Washington County DA’s Office and Child Abuse MDT is committed to working to ensure that safety.

The School Safety Task Force will utilize the existing resources of the Washington County MDT, which is a public-private collaboration of representatives from various organizations who work to ensure the safety of children. The MDT has a long history of engaging in a multidisciplinary approach to enhance child safety.

The Washington County MDT is chaired by Chief Deputy DA Kevin Barton and includes members from the District Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement agencies, school districts, mental health professionals, the Department of Human Services (DHS), CARES Northwest, the Washington County Juvenile Department, Washington County Community Corrections, and the Washington County Health and Human Services Department.

For inquiries contact District Attorney PIO Andrew Freeman at 503-846-3759 or Andrew_freeman@co.washington.or.us (preferred).

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Andrew Freeman
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503-846-3759
Andrew_freeman@co.washington.or.us

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced 36 year-old Ahmed Turay Jr to 70 months in prison for pimping out a 17 year-old female via the website backpage.com. Turay was arrested in September, 2017, during a sex trafficking sting operation focused on underage trafficking victims. Following a contentious three day trial that included frequent outbursts from the defendant and testimony from the victim, a Washington County jury unanimously convicted Turay of Compelling Prostitution.

On September 6, 2017, detectives with the Beaverton Police Department and the federal Child Exploitation Task Force arranged a “date” with a 17 year-old Washington girl featured in online prostitution ads on backpage.com. Undercover officers observed as the child arrived in a silver Mercedes Benz driven by Turay. When interviewed the child confirmed that she was there for prostitution and told investigators that Turay was holding money that she had made from previous prostitution activity. The victim estimated she made $15,000 to $20,000 over the course of the summer through prostitution activity with Turay. Led by Beaverton PD detective Chad Opitz, investigators recovered digital data from numerous other backpage.com ads as well as prostitution related communications from multiple cell phones in Turay’s vehicle.

At sentencing, Turay complained that he had been “attacked” by the State, before starting to argue with the judge as the sentence was imposed. Calling the State’s evidence “overwhelming,” Judge Garcia told Turay “you still don’t get, sir.” Turay responded “can we get this over with” as the 70 month sentence was imposed.

This case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy District Attorney Kevin Barton. The Washington County District Attorney’s Office is committed to investigating and prosecuting child sex trafficking cases in partnership with state and federal law enforcement.

For more information on the arrest: Beaverton Valley Times

On Friday, February 16, 2018, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Andy Erwin convicted 27 year-old Jordan Adam Sutherland of multiple incidents of domestic violence, including of Assault in the First Degree for pushing the mother of his infant son off a third-story balcony.

On the evening of September 11, 2017, multiple witnesses heard Sutherland loudly arguing with his 27 year-old girlfriend at the apartment they shared in Hillsboro. Shortly after she exclaimed “Don’t hurt me!” eyewitnesses saw Sutherland use two hands to push her off their balcony and onto the concrete below. Initial reports mistakenly informed police the victim was deceased, as frantic witnesses saw she was unconscious with blood pooling around her head. The victim was transported to Emmanuel Hospital where she was treated for a fractured spine and a large laceration on her head that required fourteen staples to close.

During the investigation officers learned of a previously unreported incident where Sutherland punched the victim and broke her jaw in mid-August, 2017. While Sutherland was lodged in the Washington County Jail for both of those assaults he also violated court no-contact orders with the victim and was charged with twelve separate counts of contempt. All of these charges were set for the same trial date.

During a week-long court trial before Judge Erwin the defense argued that Sutherland had been heroically trying to save his girlfriend as she fell from the balcony during a misguided suicide attempt. Sutherland testified that he held onto the victim as long as possible as she dramatically hung from the ledge. He was supported by his cousin and the victim, who was uncooperative with the investigation and prosecution. Sutherland’s mother, who had the couple’s baby at the time of the incident, was also in attendance but had to be ordered out of the courtroom twice by Judge Erwin due to her behavior.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeff Lesowski successfully argued that the State’s eyewitnesses and physical evidence were more credible than Sutherland’s implausible story. Sentencing is scheduled for February 27, 2018, at 1:30pm in Courtroom 422J.

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