HILLSBORO, Ore.- On September 22, 2020, Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced Hugo Alexis Zaldana-Mendoza to 100 months in prison. On September 17, 2020, a Washington County jury found Mr. Zaldana-Mendoza guilty of first-degree burglary, first-degree sex abuse and first-degree sexual penetration. Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the case against the defendant. A jury originally convicted the defendant in 2015, but the case was reversed by the Oregon Court of Appeals and sent back to the Washington County Circuit Court for a new trial.

In the early morning hours of June 1, 2015, the victim awoke suddenly to the sound of a barking dog. She then spotted the defendant as he walked into her room and sat on her bed. She immediately recognized the defendant as a neighbor from her same apartment complex. The defendant did not have permission to enter the victim’s home.

The defendant then sexually assaulted the victim. The victim’s young son began to cry, and she used this as an opportunity to escape the bedroom. She then locked herself and her son in the bathroom for more than ten minutes. She then exited the bathroom and ordered the defendant to leave her home upon realizing he was still inside. She immediately called police after he left.

Beaverton police responded and spotted the defendant in the apartment complex. He admitted to detectives that he had climbed up to the victim’s second-floor balcony to gain entrance to her apartment. He then claimed that the sexual contact had been consensual.

This office wishes to acknowledge the bravery of the victim in reporting the crimes committed by the defendant. This office also wishes to thank the Beaverton Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory for their work on this case. The defendant will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to resume serving his sentence.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- The Washington County District Attorney’s Office will be conducting limited operations Wednesday, September 16 due to poor air quality. If you were expected to appear in our office you will be contacted to reschedule. 

Please protect your health by staying indoors as much as possible. Check our website and social media pages for additional updates.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On August 25, 2020, a Washington County jury found Ruben Serrano-Garcia guilty on one count of first-degree sexual abuse. Senior Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver prosecuted the case before Judge Erik Buchér.

In April of 2019, the victim reported to a school counselor that he had been sexually abused by the defendant over a course of several years. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation and found the allegations credible. Detectives later interviewed the defendant. He acknowledged a historical incident in which the victim had accused him of inappropriate touching. The defendant said he was intoxicated at the time and unsure if the touching had occurred. He denied the remaining allegations.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the bravery shown by the victim in reporting the abuse. This office also wishes to thank the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the staff of CARES Northwest for their work on this case.

A sentencing hearing is set for November 5, 2020. The defendant will remain in custody until that time.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On August 27, 2020, a Washington County jury found Claudio Valentin-Espinoza guilty of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. On September 30, 2020, Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced the defendant to 300 months in prison and ordered he undergo lifetime post-prison supervision upon his release. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case against the defendant.

In November of 2012, the defendant sexually abused a young female victim who was known to him at the time. That abuse was not reported until 2015. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office then launched an investigation. Detectives found that the defendant abruptly quit his job and fled the state after the victim’s mother confronted him with the allegations. A warrant was then issued for his arrest.

In October of 2019, law enforcement in Sonoma County, California arrested the defendant. He was then extradited back to Oregon to face the above charges.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the bravery shown by the victim in reporting the abuse. This office also wishes to thank the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, including Detective Robert Rookhuyzen and the staff of CARES Northwest for their work on this case.

A sentencing hearing is set for September 16, 2020. The defendant will remain in custody until that time.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On August 18, 2020, Washington County Judge Ricardo Menchaca found Jeremy Edward Lisle guilty of unlawful delivery of heroin, unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful delivery of MDMA, unlawful possession of MDMA and felon in possession of a firearm in a bench trial. On August 20, 2020, Judge Menchaca sentenced the defendant to 116 months in prison. Deputy District Attorney Andrew Freeman prosecuted the case against Mr. Lisle.

The defendant is a convicted felon and known drug dealer with three prior convictions for delivery of controlled substances. In late March of 2020, the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN) confirmed Mr. Lisle was actively re-engaged in the drug trade in the Portland metro area, with a pattern of short stays in hotels and other temporary residences. Days later, WIN investigators learned the defendant had relocated his drug dealing operation to a hotel near Tigard, Oregon.

WIN investigators surveilled the defendant to establish probable cause and stopped Mr. Lisle and two associates as they drove away from the hotel. A certified narcotics detection canine team with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, which were then located in the possession of one of the passengers. That passenger admitted she was provided heroin in Mr. Lisle’s hotel room.

Law enforcement secured a search warrant for the defendant’s hotel room. The same narcotic detection team searched the room and found substantial quantities of controlled substances, including more than 100 grams of powder heroin, bindles of black tar heroin, MDMA in both powdered and pill form, more than $2,400 in cash, various items of drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun readily accessible in the desk drawer. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the work of the WIN team on this case and the professionalism of hotel staff.

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

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On August 19, 2020, Nicholas William Berry pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and was sentenced to four years in prison by Judge Eric Butterfield. Deputy District Attorney Matt Wise prosecuted the case against Mr. Berry.

On May 26, 2020, an alert neighbor witnessed Mr. Berry steal a package from a home in Beaverton, Oregon. The woman then watched as Mr. Berry struggled to stuff the stolen package into his backpack. As he did so, several items of mail, which were later determined to be stolen by the defendant, fell from the backpack. The neighbor called police to report the suspicious activity.

Mr. Berry was then observed leaving the area in a vehicle. Law enforcement tracked down the vehicle and spoke with the owner and determined Mr. Berry was the one responsible for stealing the package.

Law enforcement then went to Mr. Berry’s home and received his consent to search the premises for additional stolen items. They found more stolen mail belonging to nearly two dozen people. The stolen items included payroll checks, identity cards, stimulus checks and debit cards. Investigators later determined that Mr. Berry was able to cash some of the checks that didn’t belong to him.

“This is one of the most prolific cases of identity theft that I have prosecuted throughout my career,” said Deputy District Attorney Wise. “Our community is struggling enough with the pandemic and people should not have to deal with the theft of vital unemployment or stimulus benefits.”

Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton recently joined Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett to issue this warning about mail and package theft. This office encourages community members to view the video to learn how they can protect themselves.

This office also wishes to acknowledge the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on this case.

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

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Stephen Mayer
Public Information Officer
971-708-8219

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