HILLSBORO, Ore.- On December 17, 2018, the Washington County Adult Drug Court took a break from normal proceedings to celebrate the holidays and the accomplishments of those enrolled in our program. Suits and ties were replaced by holiday costumes and decorations as court staff celebrated the progress of their clients.

Designed as an alternative to prison for those who have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, the program has helped hundreds of non-violent offenders break the cycle of addiction. Many of these offenders are parents, and one of the main objectives of Drug Court is the reunification of families.

Court staff chipped in and purchased Christmas gifts for the children of the participants. Over a shared meal, the participants, attorneys, judges, and treatment providers had the opportunity to socialize with one another in a more relaxed setting.

“The recovery community is incredibly supportive of one another,” said Rayney Meisel, the Drug Court Deputy District Attorney. “When people do the right things, and stay involved in the community, good things happen. This holiday party is a nice opportunity for people to relax a little, socialize, and celebrate their successes and the good things that come from good choices and good work."

The Washington County Adult Drug Court is a criminal court program designed for some of the county's most seriously drug-involved offenders. Judge Beth L. Roberts administers the Adult Drug Court program which is a collaborative effort between the Washington County District Attorney's Office, the Washington County Probation Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Department, The Department of Human Services, the Public Defender's Office, and Washington County treatment community and treatment programs.

Since its inception in 2005, the Washington County Drug Court program has graduated more than 200 participants and paid back more than $120,000 in restitution to victims. The participants and graduates have had more than 211 years’ worth of state prison sentences deferred and more than 35 years of county jail sentences deferred.  With incarceration costs between $84.00 and $88.00 per person per day, the Washington County Drug Court has saved roughly $7 million in Oregon tax dollars.

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On December 14, 2018, a Washington County jury found Tyrone Neil Murphy guilty on multiple counts of sexual assault after a pattern of victimization that spanned a decade. Murphy was found guilty on four counts of first-degree Sodomy, two counts of first-degree Rape, and two counts of second-degree Sex Abuse.

Murphy has five prior convictions for third-degree Sex Abuse from 2009. This most recent investigation began in 2017 after an initial complaint was made to law enforcement. Detective Anthony Johnson of the Hillsboro Police Department worked diligently, ultimately locating two additional, previously undisclosed, female victims. All of the victims were females previously known to Mr. Murphy.  Deputy District Attorney Rayney Meisel prosecuted the case against Murphy. 

“It’s very likely the magnitude of this case would never have come to light if not for the determination of Detective Johnson,” Meisel said.

The District Attorney’s Office would also like to thank Detective Tobby Cook, also of the Hillsboro Police Department, for his expert testimony in the field of Domestic Violence.  “This was a satisfying verdict that, I hope, will bring closure and peace to Mr. Murphy’s victims,” Meisel added.  

Judge Theodore Sims oversaw the trial. Sentencing is set for January 23, 2019.

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Darby McBride

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On December 13, 2018, a Washington County jury found Darby Andrew McBride guilty on all three counts brought against him by Deputy District Attorney Jeffery MacLean. Those charges include Assault 3 Serious Injury with Weapon, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief 2 Reckless.

These charges stem from a vehicular crash in which McBride’s SUV slammed into another vehicle which had pulled to the side of the road off Highway 26 in December of 2017. That crash caused life-threatening injuries to the victim, off-duty Tigard Police officer Matthew Barbee.

After an extensive investigation by the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) and the Hillsboro Police Department, the District Attorney’s office presented the case to a grand jury. That grand jury sent back an indictment on three charges in March of 2018 and the trial against McBride began in December.

The three-day trial took place in Judge Andrew R. Erwin’s courtroom. Sentencing is set for January 4, 2018.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On December 7, 2018, Judge Ricardo Menchaca sentenced Kenneth Garcia to 25 years in prison after his conviction on several sex crimes involving two juvenile victims. Those convictions include two counts of Sodomy in the First Degree, Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree- Victim Under 12 Years of Age. 

This case began after investigators with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office learned of possible abuse involving Garcia. They subsequently discovered he was employed as a school bus driver and moved quickly to protect other possible victims. There have been no additional victim disclosures to date.

Detective John Shipley of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and fellow investigators began looking into the case. Over the course of that investigation, he learned Garcia was abusing two young girls over an eight-year span. These crimes took place in Washington, Clackamas and Clatsop Counties. 

Garcia was arrested in February of 2018, shortly after the investigation began. He then admitted to the abuse and described himself as a “monster.”

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office takes crime against children very seriously. Deputy District Attorney Christopher Lewman prosecuted the case. Garcia entered a guilty plea on November 30, 2018 and was sentenced a week later. Under Ballot Measure 11, Garcia was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He must register as a sex offender for life and will be on lifetime post-prison supervision upon his release. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank our investigative partners across three counties for their assistance in putting an end to this abuse. We would also like to thank CARES Northwest for their support in this investigation. If you suspect a child is being abused, call 911 or report it anonymously to our hotline by calling 503-731-3100.

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Muizz Sosna mugshot.

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On November 30, 2018, Muizz Sosna was convicted of Sex Abuse in the Second Degree, Rape in the Third Degree, Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon following a four-day jury trial.  

The convictions involve an incident from November 2017 when the victim was 14-years-old, and the defendant was 20-years-old.  The child met the defendant’s adult roommate, and co-defendant, John Wirtz, on social media.  The two communicated online and Mr. Wirtz arranged for the child to stay at their Washington County home in exchange for sexual favors.  Both defendants had sexual intercourse with the child at the home.  The men refused to allow her to leave the house, and at one point Sosna threatened her with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.  She was able to escape from the house and flagged down a USPS mail carrier for help.  The mail carrier called 911 and both defendants were arrested. 

Detective Cheryl Crecelius from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, and Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown was the prosecutor.  Mr. Wirtz subsequently pleaded guilty on July 5, 2018 to the crimes of Sexual Abuse in the second degree and Rape in the third degree.  

Muizz Sosna’s jury trial began on November 27 and lasted four days.  The jury returned its verdict on the afternoon of the 30th convicting the defendant on all counts. On December 4, 2018, Sr. Judge Edward Jones sentenced the defendant to two years in prison. Deputy DA Brown urged the Court to impose a lengthy prison sentence because of the victim’s vulnerability and the State’s concerns for public safety. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office continues efforts to combat human trafficking and hold these offenders accountable.  In March 2018, the DA’s Office joined forces with local law enforcement and community partners to form a task force to help address issues of sex trafficking in our community.  Community Partners, such as the advocacy group Safety Compass, are a great resource for victims of sex trafficking in our community.  

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On July 26, 2018, Samuel T. Burris of Beaverton was sentenced to 150 months in prison by Judge Janelle Wipper for two incidents where he publicly masturbated at Dollar Tree stores in front of children under 10 years old. Burris, a registered sex offender, will not be eligible for early release.

Burris approached two young sisters in the candy aisle of the Dollar Tree in Aloha on October 11, 2017. He grabbed both girls on their buttocks and then exposed himself. The victims ran to tell their mother, who managed to take a picture of Burris as he was leaving the store. Law enforcement used the photo to identify Burris and connect him to a previous incident that fit the same pattern of behavior: on September 7, 2017, Burris had exposed himself to two young sisters at a Dollar Tree store on Cornell Rd in NW Portland, but was able to flee before police were called. After he was arrested investigators searched his phone and found a picture he had taken of the buttocks of yet another young girl.

Trial began on June 12, 2018, and lasted for more than three days. Burris claimed the case was one of mistaken identity, but jurors unanimously convicted him of all counts after hearing testimony from the young victims and viewing the photos for themselves. At sentencing prosecutor Allison Brown of the DA's Office Child Abuse Team discussed the predatory nature of Burris' behavior in explaining the danger he poses to the community. Ultimately Judge Wipper chose to impose consecutive sentences on the most serious charges, citing the age of victims and Burris' history among the factors that influenced her decision.

Burris' convictions include two counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, two counts of Public Indecency, and four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. This case is another reminder that child sex abuse occurs at a time and place of the abuser's choosing, frequently when there are no other witnesses and physical evidence can be hidden or destroyed. Oregon law recognizes that often the only evidence of abuse is the testimony of the victim. Persons wishing to report child sex abuse are encouraged to contact any law enforcement agency, the Department of Human Services child abuse reporting hotline at 503-681-6917, or to simply call 911.



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