Top photo: Our victim advocates and support staff. 

Bottom photo: Molly Shipley (left) and Destinie Davis (right).

HILLSBORO, Ore.- March is National Social Work Month and the Washington County District Attorney’s Office is taking the time to honor those who dedicate their careers to helping others.

Social workers play a crucial role in our mission; to seek justice and protect the community. While our prosecutors may get most of the recognition, our victim advocates are integral to the legal process.

Whether they are ushering a victim through court proceedings, coordinating flights and transportation for victims and their families who may live outside the area, or merely offering a shoulder to cry on, our team of 14 advocates and support staff help victims every day.

In 2018, our team helped nearly 12,000 victims and had more than 102,000 contacts with those victims over the year. They also help victims recover from crime by seeking restitution on their behalf. Thanks to their efforts, the court system ordered more than $2.4 million in restitution for the victims we served in 2018 alone. Three of our advocates also speak Spanish, helping us to better communicate with those we serve.

But the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Two of our victim advocates, Molly Shipley and Destinie Davis, shared their experiences.

Molly joined the DA’s office in 2012 as a volunteer. She knew right away she wanted to make this work her career. Of course, it isn’t easy. Molly and her colleagues see the most intimate details of criminal cases on a daily basis. They have to meet with these victims and their families during some of the worst times of their lives. Molly says all that negativity doesn’t affect her the way some may suspect.

“A lot of people ask me how I do it when the work must be so sad and depressing,” Molly said of the questions she often gets. “To me, it is just the opposite. Yes, the cases are tragic and cause immense suffering for victims and families, but what is most remarkable is witnessing the strength and resiliency of the human spirit.

“As an advocate in the DA’s office, I am able to work alongside the prosecutors who hold the offenders accountable.  I give victims a chance to be heard and valued.  When a victim gains power in the process, the victim triumphs and the offender loses.  This is especially true with domestic violence victims, who are often made to feel powerless by their abusers.  I believe when the good prevails, it has a ripple effect throughout the community and we all win,” Molly added.

While it may be easy to linger on the more difficult aspects of her job, Molly instead cherishes the positive memories she’s made along the way. One difficult homicide case stands out for her.

“At the conclusion of a homicide case, I once had a victim’s family ask for me and the prosecutor to stand in a family photograph. It was incredibly special and it’s moments like that that re-energize me and show the value of our work,” Molly said.

She isn’t alone in that sentiment. Destinie Davis is a member of our Child Abuse Team-- a dedicated group of prosecutors and advocates who work on cases involving minors. As you can imagine, this work can be especially difficult.

Just like Molly, however, Destinie focuses on the positive impact she can have on these victims when they need it the most.

“As an advocate, there is nothing better than being able to go home at night knowing that I assisted someone who needed help navigating what can be a very confusing process,” Destinie said of her work as a victim advocate.

“Sometimes this means simply explaining a court hearing to someone over the phone, while at other times it means sitting with a victim who has no one to support them while they listen to some of the most heart-wrenching news of their lives. Most importantly, it means helping the most vulnerable victims find their voice and hold up a “microphone” so that those in power can hear them speaking. We all deserve to be heard, and I think of my primary role as ensuring that the quieter voices don’t get lost in the cacophony of the system,” Destinie explained.

As you can see, it takes someone with a special talent for empathy and respect to work in this field. Are you interested in helping victims navigate the legal process? Do you know someone who would excel in this role? Click here to learn more about our volunteer and internship opportunities. Afterall, Molly started as a volunteer and has turned that opportunity into a rewarding career.

 

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On March 12, 2019, Tanya Roxanna Schmalz pleaded guilty to the Attempted Murder of her estranged ex-husband, Jonathan Schmalz. Judge Charles Bailey sentenced Schmalz to 90 months in prison. Chief Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey prosecuted the case against Schmalz.

Hillsboro Police first began investigating Schmalz in November of 2018 when they got a call from a concerned citizen. That caller reported that her friend, later identified as Schmalz, had talked about killing her estranged ex-husband. The friend said Schmalz planned to spray a can of Rush—a substance known to have a euphoric and disorienting effect— onto the victim’s face then inject him with a syringe of cold insulin. Schmalz believed the substances would kill the man.

Police met with the caller and found her story to be credible. Detective Anthony Johnson soon took over the investigation and applied for a court order allowing the friend to wear a body wire. The friend then captured Schmalz on tape discussing the planned murder of her ex-husband. When officers arrested Schmalz they found a can of Rush and a full syringe of insulin.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Schmalz made a similar attempt on the victim’s life in 2016. In that instance, she laced a bottle of alcohol with an unknown substance and gave it to him. He was later found by Hillsboro Police wandering incoherently in and out of traffic on a busy street. He was taken to the hospital at the time.

In addition to her prison sentence, Schmalz will also undergo three years of post-prison supervision. She will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving her sentence.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On March 7, 2019, Ryan Christopher Mutchler was sentenced to 60 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to one count of Second-Degree Online Sexual Corruption of a Child. Judge Charles Bailey issued the sentence. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown and investigated by Beaverton Police Detective Chad Opitz.

The 31-year-old defendant was a youth pastor at Mountain Park Church and a band teacher at Aloha High School. The charges involve a 14-year-old child he met at a church camp in the summer of 2018. He befriended the child and began communicating with her. His text messages were sexual in nature and he suggested meeting up with the child to engage in sexual activities.

The child’s parents became concerned after noticing several red flags. They spoke with the child and immediately contacted police to report the defendant. Detective Chad Opitz pretended to be the child in online conversations with the defendant. Mutchler then unknowingly sent sexually explicit messages to the undercover detective. He was arrested in September of 2018.

The child’s parents were present in court and made emotional victim impact statements. The Court commended them for noticing the red flags and intervening before this defendant was able to physically meet with the child. The DA’s Office shares these sentiments.

“While the contact this defendant had with this child is significant and will undoubtedly affect her for a very long time, this child’s parents’ attentiveness and swift action prevented further abuse to this child,” Brown said.

In addition to his jail sentence, Judge Bailey sentenced the defendant to five years supervised probation, ordered him to undergo child sex offender treatment and required him to register as a sex offender.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On March 7, 2019, Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced Scott Edward Moore to 48 months in prison. Moore pleaded guilty to three counts of First-Degree Aggravated Theft in January of 2019 after investigators determined he stole tens of thousands from his employer, an area church. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney William Stabler.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office first began investigating Moore in March of 2018 after leaders at the Village Baptist Church in Beaverton contacted them to report a possible case of fraud involving church credit cards.

As investigators began looking into the case, the church hired an outside forensics accounting firm to review their finances. They discovered Moore, who served as the church’s Operations Manager for several years before moving to Texas, had used three different church credit cards to make personal purchases.

Moore admitted to the fraudulent purchases. We would like to acknowledge the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on this case.

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

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On March 6, 2019, Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced Daniel James Campbell to 400 months in prison. Campbell pleaded guilty to two counts of First-Degree Sodomy and one count of First-Degree Sex Abuse earlier this week. Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver prosecuted the case against Campbell.

Campbell’s close friend sexually abused the victim when she was 11-years-old. Campbell was involved in the prosecution of his friend and even provided a victim impact statement at sentencing in which he described the friend as a “monster” who caused the victim to lose her innocence.

In 2016 Campbell himself began abusing the then 13-year-old victim. The abuse began with fondling and inappropriate touching but escalated severely over the years.

In 2018, the victim reported the abuse to her mother who then confronted Campbell with the allegations. Campbell denied the allegations and convinced the victim to recant. The victim did so and the police were not notified.

Just a few months later the victim called a suicide hotline to report she was considering harming herself. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office spoke with her, but Campbell again convinced the victim to recant her story.

In October of 2018, the victim once again was ready to come forward, this time determined to prove she was not making up the allegations. When Campbell abused her again, she took steps to preserve photographic and DNA evidence—evidence which would prove crucial in Campbell’s conviction.

After that incident of abuse, Campbell told the victim he planned to rape her a few days later. This proved to be her breaking point. She reported the abuse to a friend and the friend’s mother, who then immediately called Beaverton Police. Detectives arranged a staged phone call between the victim and Campbell in which Campbell admitted to buying condoms in anticipation of the planned rape.

Detectives then executed a search warrant. They recovered the DNA evidence and the photographic evidence that Campbell had abused her.

We would like to acknowledge the Beaverton Police Department and Detective Mike Purdy for their work on this case.

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

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On March 5, 2019, Washington County Judge Janelle Wipper sentenced Jose David Satey-Sanchez to 600 months in prison. Satey-Sanchez was convicted of 13 counts of sexual-abuse related crimes in February of 2019. Of the charges, eight were tried before Judge Wipper and five were tried before a jury. Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver prosecuted the case.

Law enforcement first began investigating Satey-Sanchez in 2014 when a nine-year-old child made disclosures of abuse to her mother. Her mother didn’t believe the allegations and never reported them to police. However, a teacher overheard the victim talking about the crimes and alerted authorities immediately.

When the victim’s mother refused to make Satey-Sanchez leave the home, authorities were forced to place the girl in foster care.

In 2015 the girl recanted the allegations at the encouragement of her mother and was returned to her mother’s custody. Satey-Sanchez continued to have contact with the child despite orders barring him from doing so. He continued to sexually abuse the victim during this time.

In 2017 Satey-Sanchez subjected the child to rape for the first time. This abuse was immediately reported. Experts at CARES Northwest interviewed her and found her accusations credible. A rape kit was collected and subsequent analysis by the Oregon State Police Forensics Laboratory revealed the presence of Satey-Sanchez’s DNA.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of our partners at the Hillsboro Police Department, the Oregon State Police Forensics Laboratory, and CARES Northwest for their assistance on this challenging case.

Satey-Sanchez will be turned over to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

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