HILLSBORO, Ore.- On November 8, 2019, a Washington County jury found Martin Allen Johnson guilty of eight counts of first-degree murder in the 1998 rape and murder of 15-year-old Heather Fraser. The jury delivered a unanimous decision after less than three hours of deliberations. Chief Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey and Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeff MacLean prosecuted Mr. Johnson in Judge Eric Butterfield’s courtroom.

Mr. Johnson was convicted of aggravated murder in 2001. In 2017, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld a decision made by the Oregon Court of Appeals to overturn the conviction, citing inadequate representation on behalf of Mr. Johnson’s defense team during the original trial.

Mr. Johnson was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in this new case due to new guidelines established by Senate Bill 1013. Those guidelines also barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty once again.

During the course of the two-week trial, Mr. McKey and Mr. MacLean proved to the jury that Mr. Martin drugged, raped and killed Ms. Fraser. The defendant then drove the victim to Astoria, Oregon where he threw her body off a bridge and into the Columbia River.

Mr. Martin was quickly identified as a suspect by authorities. He then fled the state and was apprehended in Florida more than a year later.

On November 14, 2019, Judge Butterfield sentenced Mr. Johnson to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On October 11, 2019, a Washington County jury found John William Miller III guilty of five counts of first-degree sex abuse. On January 10, 2020, Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced the defendant to 150 months in prison. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case against Mr. Miller III.

The defendant was a previously convicted sex offender when he moved in with the victim and her mother in 2012. The abuse began a few years later and spanned at least three years.

The abuse came to light when the victim was admitted to a hospital while suffering from suicidal thoughts. At this point, the victim disclosed details of the abuse to hospital staff. She was eventually interviewed by experts at CARES Northwest where she provided a more detailed account of the abuse.

During the course of the trial, additional details of the defendant’s misconduct were disclosed. The jury heard evidence that the defendant admitted to his sex offender treatment provider that he had been pulling down the victim’s pants in what he described as a game, and that he looked at “nudist minors” online.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of Detective Aaron Massey of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, as well as that of staff at the Oregon Department of Human Services and CARES Northwest.

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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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