HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 28, 2021, after deliberating for less than thirty minutes, a Washington County jury found Jayson Harrison Burton, age 38, guilty of third-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse. Deputy District Attorney Rayney Meisel prosecuted this case before Judge Charles Bailey. 

The victim was 14 years old when she ran away from her home in the state of Washington. She called the defendant, whom she knew through her mother, for a ride. Instead of taking her to her friend’s house as requested, the defendant drove her to a hotel in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he was living part-time. The defendant provided the minor with alcohol and marijuana and had sexual intercourse with her before driving her back to Washington the following day. He urged her not to tell anyone.

A few months later, while living in the child’s home, the defendant attempted to engage in sexual contact once again, but she refused. 

Shortly thereafter, the victim disclosed the abuse to her mother, who confronted the defendant. He admitted to the crimes and said he did not view the teenager as a child. Her mother confided in a friend who alerted law enforcement in Washington. The King County Sheriff’s Office investigated and eventually referred the case to the Hillsboro Police Department.

“Mr. Burton knew the child from the time she was 12 years old. He took advantage of a troubled teenager who trusted him and confided in him and asked him for help,” said DDA Meisel. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the victim in this case for having the bravery to report this abuse and assist with prosecution. This office also thanks Hillsboro police and their lead detective along with the King County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Sarah Gerlitz for their work.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 28, 2021.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 26, 2021, a Washington County jury found 44-year-old Airian Jovan Misuraca guilty of six counts of first-degree rape, nine counts of first-degree sodomy and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the case against the defendant. 

Mr. Misuraca, who was already a convicted sex offender prior to this case, sexually abused the victim multiple times over a period of several years. In February of 2019, the victim made a disclosure of abuse to a family member who immediately alerted law enforcement. Tigard police began investigating the allegations. The victim was also taken to CARES Northwest where she gave additional details on the abuse.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the bravery of the victim in reporting these crimes and for participating in the defendant’s trial. This office also thanks Tigard police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, CARES Northwest, the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab for their work on this case. 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 8, 2021. The defendant will remain in custody until that time.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 15, 2021, Josiah Augustine Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon, involving the use of a firearm. On July 26, 2021, Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced the defendant to 70 months in prison. Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the defendant. 

On September 14, 2020 the defendant requested a cab ride from Gresham, Oregon to Beaverton, Oregon. When the driver arrived, he noticed the defendant acting strangely and asked to be paid for the ride up front. The defendant pulled out cash and the driver immediately noticed a counterfeit bill. The driver then asked the defendant to give him his cell phone as collateral until the ride was complete. 

At one point during the ride, Mr. Johnson asked the victim if he had “personal protection” on him. The driver confirmed he did not have a gun. Once the ride concluded, the defendant tried to pay the driver with the counterfeit bill he spotted earlier. The driver refused to take payment and told the defendant he would not return his cell phone until he was paid properly. 

The defendant then pulled a gun and pointed it at the victim as he made threats and demanded his phone back. Fearing for his life, the victim attempted to grab the gun and the two struggled over the firearm. At some point the weapon discharged, striking the defendant in the buttocks. The victim then secured the weapon while witnesses called law enforcement.

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. They learned the firearm was stolen. The defendant later admitted the gun was illegal.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the victim for their actions and participation in the court process. This office also thanks the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for their work on this case. 

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

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 16, 2021, a Washington County jury convicted Francisco-Javier Hernandez-Esteban, age 33, of 11 counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Deputy District Attorney Rayney Meisel prosecuted the case against the defendant. 

In May of 2019, one of the victims in this case told a teacher that a man she knew was abusing her. The teacher alerted the Oregon Department of Human Services which launched an investigation in tandem with the Tualatin Police Department. Over the course of the investigation, police identified the defendant and learned about a second victim in Washington County, Oregon that he was also abusing. As the investigation unfolded, detectives spoke with other children known to the defendant and learned of an additional child who also reported abuse. Charges related to that victim are pending in Clackamas County, Oregon. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the victims in this case for disclosing the abuse and for having the courage to participate in the defendant’s trial. This office also thanks the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Tualatin Police Department and CARES Northwest for their work on this case. 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 31, 2021. The defendant will remain in custody until that time.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 13, 2021, Javier Avitia was convicted of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Judge Eric Butterfield then sentenced the defendant to 24 months in prison. Deputy District Attorney Jason Ring prosecuted the defendant.

The victims in this case were out of state at the time of the burglary. They arranged for family members to housesit while they were away. A family member went to the home on December 2, 2018 and immediately noticed signs of a burglary. A door was pried open, a large television was moved to the garage and the family car was stolen. Additionally, many drawers were opened and the whole home had been ransacked. A large safe was also missing.

Over the course of the next year, investigators with the Hillsboro Police Department extensively investigated the case. They used a GPS device to locate the stolen vehicle. They found a receipt in the car from an area cannabis store. They then used store surveillance footage to identify a possible suspect. Investigators also learned that someone synched two phones to the car’s system after they stole it. That information led to other persons of interest, one of whom identified Mr. Avitia’s involvement in the burglary. Law enforcement also confirmed that the defendant sold some of the stolen property to an area pawn shop on December 5, 2018, shortly after the burglary.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the victims in this case for their assistance in the investigation and involvement in the criminal justice process. This office also acknowledges the work of the Hillsboro Police Department as well as that of Detective Sufyan Sher.

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

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 1, 2021, Judge Janelle Wipper sentenced Ryan Scott Keanaaina, age 44, to 449 months in prison. On June 25, 2021, a Washington County jury found the defendant guilty of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of luring a minor, three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, private indecency, first-degree attempted sexual abuse and third-degree attempted sexual abuse. Many of the defendant's convictions entailed mandatory minimum sentences under Oregon's Measure 11 law. For that reason, along with Judge Wipper's decision to prohibit time reduction programs on non-Measure 11 counts, the defendant will serve the entirety of this sentence without early release. Senior Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver prosecuted the case against the defendant.

In 2012, a teenage girl known to the defendant reported that Mr. Keanaaina sexually abused her. She also shared the account with a friend. Authorities investigated the case, but insufficient evidence was found to support criminal charges at the time. A person close to the defendant also persuaded the friend to not verify the claims made by the victim.  

In the coming years a second victim reported to a family member that Mr. Keanaaina was sexually abusing her. That family member did not report the allegations to police and the abuse continued.

In October of 2017, the second victim decided to report the abuse to additional family members who in turn notified police. Hillsboro police investigated the case. Over the course of this investigation, police spoke with the first victim’s friend once again. This woman explained to investigators how she was convinced to mislead police. During the conversation, this woman also reported that she was abused by the defendant. This victim worked with police as they continued their investigation.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the bravery of the victims throughout this process. This office also thanks the Hillsboro Police Department, Detective Michelle Hahn, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Robert Rookhuyzen and CARES Northwest for their work on this case.

In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Wipper ordered the defendant to register as a sex offender. Upon release, the defendant will remain on post-prison supervision for the remainder of his life. The defendant will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

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