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Wallowa County student charged with rape

The defendant is being charged as an adult because he is older than 16.

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on November 21, 2017 10:13AM

A 16-year-old Wallowa County student was arrested at his school Nov. 13 on a charge of first-degree rape, a Measure 11 offense. He was taken to juvenile detention at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities in The Dalles.

Although the name of the alleged offender is public information, the Chieftain is choosing not to publish it at this time.

The defendant, who is being charged as an adult because he is older than 16, was arraigned in Wallowa County District Court Nov. 14. Judge Russell B. West presided over the hearing via conference call.

West explained the defendant’s rights and the fact he could spend 100 months in prison, He asked deputy district attorney for her bail recommendation. Frolander recommended the minimum for the crime, $50,000, as well as a hearing prior to release. The defendant’s mother said she could post the bail.

The court scheduled the release hearing for the next day, and the defendant’s mother arrived at the hearing with $5,000 to post bail for her son. Judge Thomas Powers presided over those proceedings.

Powers essentially followed the terms of release recommendations of Frolander and the county’s juvenile department. Those terms included a no-contact order, curfew and wearing a GPS bracelet. He will not be allowed to attend the same school as the alleged victim.

The family was not represented by an attorney, but the defendant’s mother said she planned to file for a court-appointed attorney. The father of the accused, who was in The Dalles at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities where his son was incarcerated, said over telecom that the release agreement’s curfew stipulations were unclear as to whether his son could continue to compete on the school’s wrestling team.

Amanda Decker of the county’s juvenile department said that issue would be addressed while working with the school to form an education plan. The defendant was released into his father’s custody from the detention facility with a preliminary hearing scheduled Nov. 24.


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