HILLSBORO, Ore.- On October 11, 2019, Judge Eric Butterfield sentenced Hans Robert Eaton to 82 months in prison after he was convicted of two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of felony hit and run, one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants, and one count of reckless driving. Deputy District Attorney William Stabler prosecuted the case against Mr. Eaton.

On February 18, 2019, Mr. Eaton was spotted driving erratically down Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin. Witnesses observed his vehicle weaving in and out of his lane of travel before he quickly accelerated, entered the oncoming lane and crashed head-on into a second vehicle.

After the crash, witnesses observed Mr. Eaton exit his vehicle. He then staggered around the scene and repeatedly asked others what happened. Mr. Eaton then left the scene, despite being told to remain, and entered a nearby business complex. He then climbed approximately 20 feet up a tree in an apparent effort to elude police. Police eventually located him, and he was taken into custody.

Responding officers with the Tualatin Police Department observed numerous signs of intoxication, consistent with opioid use when they interacted with Mr. Eaton at the scene. The investigation ultimately revealed Mr. Eaton had methamphetamine, morphine, hydrocodone, and marijuana in his system.

The two victims in this case were severely injured in the crash, including multiple broken bones and a brain injury.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of Tualatin Police as well as that of the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART). This office would also like to commend the witnesses who assisted with the investigation.

In addition to his prison sentence, Mr. Eaton was ordered to pay more than $6,000 in restitution. Mr. Eaton has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On October 7, 2019, Brett Joseph McQuiston pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated theft and was sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Janelle Wipper. Deputy District Attorney Katherine Glasson prosecuted the case against Mr. McQuiston.

Beaverton Police began an investigation after a series of burglaries targeting BottleDrop locations across Washington County. The first burglary took place in April of 2019. In this instance, Mr. McQuiston wore a mask and used a crowbar to commit the theft from a BottleDrop location in Beaverton. This act was captured by video surveillance cameras.

In June of 2019, Mr. McQuiston targeted a BottleDrop location in Tigard, again using a crowbar and mask to commit the burglary. This burglary was also captured on camera.

In September of 2019, Mr. McQuiston attempted to burglarize the Beaverton BottleDrop location for a second time using similar methods. This time Beaverton Police spotted him in the act, and he was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

When questioned by detectives, Mr. McQuiston admitted to all the burglaries and said he committed the acts to fuel a gambling addiction. He also told investigators that he committed similar burglaries at BottleDrop locations in other Oregon counties. Additional charges could be brought as a result of those investigations. Video and enhanced surveillance captured detailed evidence of all his burglaries. Mr. McQuiston told investigators that he used a portion of the stolen funds to purchase a new vehicle. That vehicle was found at the scene of the Beaverton location and seized as evidence.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the investigative work of Beaverton Police Detective Patrick Antoine. This office would also like to commend the corporate investigator with the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative for his assistance on this case.

Mr. McQuiston has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On October 2, 2019, Judge Danielle Hunsaker sentenced Ronald Bruce Jordan to ten years in prison (120 months). Mr. Jordan previously pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sex abuse in a case prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown.

Forest Grove Police Detective Darren Pomeroy began investigating Mr. Jordan in February of 2019 after the teenage victim made a disclosure of abuse. She reported that Mr. Jordan began sexually abusing her when she was a young child and that the abuse continued for many years in multiple jurisdictions including areas of Washington County. Mr. Jordan was known to the victim.

The victim eventually confronted Mr. Jordan. He admitted to treating her inappropriately and said he was ashamed and sorry for the way he acted. Gresham Police arrested Mr. Jordan in April of 2019. He admitted to inappropriate touching and told investigators that he allowed improprieties to take place.

The victim read an emotional victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing and Judge Hunsaker gave her encouraging words in her effort to move forward. Mr. Jordan also spoke and apologized for his actions.

In addition to the 10-year prison sentence, Mr. Jordan is required to register as a sex offender and is prohibited from having contact with the victim or any minors. Judge Hunsaker recommended he complete child sex offender treatment as part of his post-prison supervision conditions.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the investigative work of Detective Pomeroy, in addition to the support provided by CARES Northwest and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Mr. Jordan has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On September 25, 2019, Washington County Judge Ricardo Menchaca sentenced Benjamin Thomas Walden, age 44, to 325 months in prison. Following a court trial which began on September 4, 2019, Mr. Walden was convicted of first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and five counts of first-degree sexual abuse. The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown.

In May of 2018, a young child made a disclosure of abuse to a family member. The abuse was committed by Mr. Walden who lived periodically with the child’s family member. The case was investigated by Detective Charles Anderson from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The child was then taken to CARES Northwest where she underwent a forensic interview with trained experts. The child told staff that Mr. Walden sexually abused her. The child also disclosed that Mr. Walden urged her not to tell anyone what happened after the abuse.

Shortly after the abuse occurred, Mr. Walden sent multiple text messages to the child and her family member. He apologized for his actions but also confessed his love for the child. He also said via these messages that he had done something wrong and was guilty. These messages proved vital to the state’s case against Mr. Walden. Mr. Walden was on the run from authorities for several months until he was finally arrested in Washington State.

Based on evidence gathered, investigators are concerned there may be additional victims who have yet to come forward. We urge anyone with information about possible criminal conduct involving Mr. Walden to call law enforcement immediately.

While in custody at the Washington County Jail, Mr. Walden also violated jail rules by manufacturing contraband. Judge Menchaca sentenced Mr. Walden to an additional 11 months in prison on this charge and ordered this time be served consecutively in conjunction with his previous sentence.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Digital Forensics Laboratory and that of CARES Northwest.

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

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On September 17, 2019, Hayden Landry Davis pleaded guilty to assaulting a public safety officer. On September 19, 2019, a Washington County jury found Mr. Davis guilty of first-degree attempted burglary and second-degree criminal mischief. As a result of these convictions, Judge Andrew Erwin determined Mr. Davis violated the terms of his probation he was serving for previous convictions. On September 25, 2019, Mr. Davis was sentenced to a combined 74 months in prison by Judge Erwin. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jason Ring.

On February 20, 2019, a Beaverton resident was home with his young child when he heard someone ring his doorbell twice. He didn’t answer the door. Moments later he heard a loud crashing sound. He ran to the back door and observed Mr. Davis attempting to break in to his home. Mr. Davis used a hammer to smash out a sliding glass door and was prepared to make entry when the resident scared him off.

Mr. Davis injured himself in the act of this attempted burglary and left DNA evidence at the scene. The Washington County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Beaverton Police Department, responded quickly and located Mr. Davis not far from the initial scene. He was wearing the same clothing described by the victim and was bleeding from a cut to his hand.

Mr. Davis initially denied the allegations but later admitted to breaking the door. He also told police where he hid the hammer used in the attempted burglary and officers were able to recover the item.

On March 31, 2019, while lodged in the Washington County Jail for his crimes, Mr. Davis also attacked a jail deputy. Mr. Davis was lodged in pod four of the facility, which allows for a certain amount of recreational time for inmates. During this time, inmates are able to roam an open area freely.

Video evidence of the incident shows Mr. Davis approach the jail deputy from behind as he was assisting another inmate. Mr. Davis then launched an unprovoked attack, striking the deputy several times in the face. The deputy fought back in self-defense, and with the help of other inmates, subdued Mr. Davis. The deputy sustained minor injuries as a result of the attack.

In addition to his prison time, Judge Erwin also recommended Mr. Davis pursue mental health and substance abuse programs while incarcerated. Judge Erwin also ordered Mr. Davis pay $571 in restitution to his victims and barred him from having any contact with them. Judge Erwin also imposed a total of $500 in fines and ordered that Mr. Davis undergo two years of post-prison supervision upon his release.

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

You can view the video evidence by following this link: https://bit.ly/2n8jgk1

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On September 6, 2019, a Washington County jury found Alvaro Noe Mendoza- Valencia, age 44, guilty of two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, first-degree sodomy, second-degree sodomy, four counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, one count of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration, and four counts of first-degree sex abuse. On September 25, 2019, Judge Andrew Erwin sentenced the defendant to 75 years in prison. The convictions related to the defendant’s ongoing sexual abuse of three different minor females. The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver.

In 2016 one of the victims reported Mr. Mendoza-Valencia’s sexual abuse to a family member. That family member later reported this disclosure to a victim advocate at an unrelated grand jury proceeding. The victim advocate notified police immediately, prompting an investigation by the Hillsboro Police Department.

Two of the victims were referred to CARES Northwest where they made detailed disclosures of abuse. A third victim came forward to report additional abuse once she learned of Mr. Mendoza-Valencia’s arrest.

The CARES Northwest forensic interviews revealed that two of the victims were first subjected to sexual abuse when they were young children. The abuse spanned a number of years and often took place in the presence of another victim. The third victim disclosed sexual abuse that predated that of the other two victims. She reported that Mr. Mendoza-Valencia’s abuse resumed once he no longer had access to the other two victims. All of the victims described intimidation tactics made by Mr. Mendoza-Valencia in which he threatened violence against the victims or their family members if they ever disclosed the abuse.

“This is one of the most disturbing cases of child abuse I have ever prosecuted,” Mr. Pulver said of the trial against Mr. Mendoza-Valencia. “We would like to thank the victims for coming forward so that we were able to hold Mr. Mendoza-Valencia accountable and protect future potential victims from him.”

Mr. Mendoza-Valencia was extremely uncooperative during the course of his trial and refused to participate in the court proceedings. After filing written complaints resulting in the removal of his first court-appointed attorney, Mr. Mendoza-Valencia made repeated efforts to remove his second attorney in the weeks approaching trial. Despite two previous denials by two different judges, Mr. Mendoza-Valencia made a third attempt to remove his attorney in front of the trial court, Judge Erwin. When the court denied his request, Mr. Mendoza-Valencia became verbally combative and informed Judge Erwin that he refused to abide by court rules or participate in his own defense until he was granted a new lawyer.

Judge Erwin, the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, and Mr. Mendoza-Valencia’s attorney made every attempt to facilitate his meaningful participation in his trial. This included ongoing communications with Mr. Mendoza-Valencia about his constitutional rights and repeated invitations for him to return to the courtroom. When a remote location was set up to allow Mr. Mendoza-Valencia to communicate with his attorney in writing and view the proceedings over live video transmission, he threatened physical resistance to any effort by Washington County Jail deputies to move him there.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge Hillsboro Police Detective Cheryl Banks for her excellent work on this case. We would also like to commend Washington County Jail deputies for their handling of this challenging case.
 

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