HILLSBORO, ORE: Effective July 1, 2018, Kevin Barton took office as Washington County's new District Attorney.  Mr. Barton won a contested election for the position on May 15, 2018, garnering 68.5% of the votes.  Following Mr. Barton's successful campaign, longtime District Attorney Bob Hermann announced his decision to retire six months early and Governor Brown appointed Mr. Barton to serve the remainder of the term this year before starting his elected term in January 2019.

Mr. Barton has been a Washington County prosecutor for over a decade, most recently serving as Chief Deputy District Attorney supervising the Child Abuse and Juvenile units. Over the course of his career Mr. Barton has prosecuted many of Washington County's most serious crimes, including murder, child abuse, sex trafficking, elder abuse, and domestic violence.  He developed a special expertise handling cases involving vulnerable victims, especially children, and was chairperson of the Washington County Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team. Mr. Barton continues to serve on the governing board of CARES Northwest, a collaborative community-based medical program whose mission is to stop child abuse.  He is also a member of the Oregon DOJ's Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Intervention Advisory Council and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.

Mr. Barton now leads Oregon's second largest DA's Office of over 40 attorneys and 115 total employees.  In 2017, the Washington County DA's Office reviewed over 11,000 cases for prosecution, served over 8,000 crime victims, and obtained court-orders for over $8 million in victim restitution.

"I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the people of Washington County as their District Attorney," said Mr. Barton.  "Washington County is my home and I will work to ensure it remains a safe place for people to live, work and raise a family."

As District Attorney, Mr. Barton will prioritize protecting vulnerable victims, increasing community outreach, and enhancing treatment courts and specialty programs for those dealing with mental health or addiction issues.  Mr. Barton will also focus on initiatives to increase the capacity to work with digital evidence in criminal investigations and to ensure the safety of schools in Washington County.

Mr. Barton was raised locally and lives in Washington County with his wife and three children.  He attended Gonzaga University and Notre Dame Law School.

On Monday, May 7, 2018, three Atlanta-area residents admitted to involvement in a check-fraud scheme that paid homeless people to steal from Oregon banks and businesses. Marcus Eppinger, Rodrickus Robinson, and Brittane Robinson each pled guilty to three counts of Forgery in the First Degree and were sentenced to probation by Washington County Circuit Court judges.

These convictions stem from an investigation conducted by Detective Gabe Stone of the Tigard Police Department with the assistance of several other law-enforcement agencies. Investigators learned that the Georgia-based theft crew traveled to Oregon for the purpose of committing check fraud. The defendants acquired checks from local Oregon businesses, investigators believe likely via theft from the mail. The defendants then went to Portland area homeless shelters and recruited individuals to present and cash checks forged on the victims' bank accounts. The defendants purchased new clothes for the homeless people and then shuttled them from bank to bank to present the forged checks. Using this fraudulent scheme the defendants stole more than $10,000 on April 10, 2018, while paying their homeless accomplices pennies on the dollar.

On April 11, 2018, the defendants set out to continue their check fraud. But this time investigators followed the defendants in unmarked cars. Police observed the defendants drive to a downtown-Portland homeless shelter in an attempt to recruit more check cashers. Later that day, detectives detained and arrested all three defendants for First Degree Forgery and Theft. Two of the defendants confessed to their involvement in the fraud, and police seized approximately $18,000 in cash found in their possession. Rodrickus Robinson was also found in possession of computer equipment and software for making counterfeit checks.

This case was prosecuted by DDA David Pitcher and investigated by Detective Stone and other members of Tigard PD Commercial Crimes Unit in conjunction with partner agencies in the Portland metro area.

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HILLSBORO, Ore. - The Washington County District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington County Circuit Court, Washington County Community Corrections, and Washington County Veterans Services, is proud to announce the Washington County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC).  After more than a year of collaborative efforts, we have been able to forge a specialty court designed to treat the needs of military veterans. We recognize that military service can leave service members both physically and mentally scarred either from combat or other traumatic experiences. These service members often return to civilian life as a “different person,” and some of these veterans end up involved in the criminal justice system.

The VTC was designed with the belief that “if we broke them, then we must do what we can to fix them.”  There has long-been a void in the criminal justice system when it comes to addressing the specific needs of veterans. Oftentimes, veterans are treated like other criminal defendants by correcting behavior and treating substance abuse, but not adequately addressing the underlying causes of a veteran’s criminal conduct, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury, etc. Our partnership with the Portland VA Healthcare System is focused on tailoring treatment to the specific needs of veterans using evidence-based methods that will get veterans back on track to being the persons they once were.

The VTC will involve intensive supervision and treatment of veterans, as well as wraparound services including housing and employment services. The multidisciplinary treatment team includes judges, prosecutors, a defense attorney, probation officers, VA representatives and veteran mentors, many of whom are also veterans. Eligible veterans will need to establish a connection between their military service and the charged criminal offense(s). Once accepted into the program, the treatment team will work to re-instill structure and discipline in the veteran’s life and provide the veteran with the tools and opportunities to demonstrate that he or she is better than the charged crime. We anticipate the average supervision period to last eighteen (18) months, with variation based upon the needs of individual veterans. Successful veterans may be able to receive a dismissal of the criminal case, reduction of a felony charge to a misdemeanor, or a sentence of discharge.

The VTC seeks to enhance community safety by getting veterans into the intensive treatment they need and helping to restore them as productive, law-abiding members of our community and families. The VTC will compliment Washington County’s robust, existing specialty courts and programs, including Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Family Sentencing Alternative Program, Domestic Violence Deferred Sentencing court, intensive drug and property probation, Early Case Resolution program and DUII Diversion court.  We look forward to launching the Veterans Treatment Court in the summer of 2018.

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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