HILLSBORO, Ore.- On April 12, 2019, Victor Roberto Saravia pleaded guilty to four counts of First-Degree Sex Abuse and was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Washington County Judge Ted Sims. Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the case against Saravia.

King City Police first began investigating Saravia in February of 2018 after a young boy made a disclosure of abuse to his family. A family member called police to report the abuse. The boy was taken to CARES Northwest where he told investigators about two instances of sexual abuse involving Saravia, who was known to his family.

According to reports from the child, the abuse began in 2017 and continued into 2018. King City Police Lieutenant Brian Sigler began investigating once the abuse was reported. In conjunction with our partners at CARES Northwest and the Oregon Department of Human Services, Lt. Sigler found the allegations to be credible and Saravia was arrested a short time later.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of Lt. Sigler and the King City Police Department, CARES Northwest and DHS on this case.

“It was a long case that went on for around a year. I am relieved that the family, specifically the victim, have gotten justice and can move on and continue to heal. I am also relieved Mr. Saravia can no longer victimize any more children,” Lt. Sigler said of the guilty plea and sentence imposed on Saravia.

Investigators fear there could be additional victims who have yet to come forward. We urge anyone with information on additional crimes by Saravia to contact law enforcement.

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

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During this month and throughout the year, the Washington County Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team is dedicated to supporting professionals in our community in their work to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. In recognition of this important month, please join our Child Abuse MDT members on Monday April 8th, 2019 at 1:30 PM on the east side steps of the Washington County Courthouse (145 NE 2nd Avenue, Hillsboro).

This special event will include the planting of a Pinwheels for Prevention garden, the Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation and remarks from local leaders to address the importance of child abuse prevention work in our community. Scheduled speakers include District Attorney Kevin Barton, Sheriff Pat Garrett and the Prevention Program Coordinator for CARES Northwest, Sally Blackwood.

The pinwheels planted in our community this April symbolize the happy and healthy childhood all children deserve, and the public and all Washington County employees are welcome to attend and help “plant” the garden. Participants are encouraged to wear blue to this event to make a visible statement about our commitment to ending child abuse in Washington County.

Find out more about how you can play a part and help create positive change for children in our community: https://preventchildabuseoregon.org/

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On March 29, 2019, Felipe Del Cid pleaded guilty to three counts of First-Degree Sex Abuse and one count of First-Degree Attempted Sodomy. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison by Washington County Judge Oscar Garcia. Deputy District Attorney Jason Weiner prosecuted the case against Del Cid.

Detective Cheryl Crecelius of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office first began investigating Del Cid in March of 2018.

Detective Crecelius spoke with the boy who described the years of abuse that Del Cid subjected him to. Investigators determined Del Cid, who was known to the boy’s family, first sexually assaulted the child around 2007 when he was just seven-years-old. The abuse continued over the next several years with unwanted touching and inappropriate behavior.

In 2016, the victim began telling some of his friends about the abuse. Fearful Del Cid could be harming other children, the victim wanted to protect others and eventually told his mother, prompting the investigation.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the bravery the victim showed in coming forward.

“This young man showed incredible courage throughout this entire process,” Deputy District Attorney Jason Weiner said of the victim. “These cases are very difficult, and this survivor displayed a great deal of perseverance in seeing this case through.”

In addition to our partners at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, we would also like to acknowledge the work of CARES Northwest on this case.

As part of the plea agreement, Del Cid will also have to register as a sex offender for life. He has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On March 15, 2019, Washington County Judge Theodore Sims sentenced Samuel de Jesus Santos-Vasquez to 225 months in prison. In January of 2019, Santos-Vasquez was convicted of two counts of First-Degree Sex Abuse, First-Degree Sodomy and Second-Degree Unlawful Sexual Penetration. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case against Santos-Vasquez.

On Thanksgiving weekend of 2018, Santos-Vasquez attended a party at a family member’s home. He snuck away from the party and entered the room of a 11-year-old girl who was sleeping at the time. He then began to molest her. He left the room when family members called for him but returned back two times throughout the night. A family member spotted Santos-Vasquez leaving the victim’s room. The victim made a disclosure of abuse to a school counselor the next week, prompting the initial investigation.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation and determined the abuse had been ongoing for the past two years. The victim was interviewed by experts at CARES Northwest and underwent an examination at Randall Children’s Hospital. Evidence and testimony collected during those visits were vital in Santos-Vasquez’s conviction. We’d also like to acknowledge the work of Washington County Sheriff’s Office Detective Charles Anderson on this case.

In addition to his sentence, Santos-Vasquez will also undergo 10 years of post-prison supervision. He has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On March 19, 2019, Washington County Judge Janelle Wipper sentenced Leo Gabonia to 375 months in prison. On March 14, 2019, Gabonia was convicted of eight sex abuse-related charges including First-Degree Sodomy, First-Degree Sexual Penetration and First-Degree Sex Abuse. The case against Gabonia was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman.

Forest Grove Police first began investigating Gabonia in September of 2017 after the then nine-year-old victim made disclosures of abuse to a family member. That family member then contacted police who began the investigation.

Gabonia was known to the family and used that connection to gain access to the victim. Police learned the abuse began two years prior to the disclosure with inappropriate touching and kissing and quickly escalated from there. Based on victim accounts and the expertise from staff at Randall Children’s Hospital and CARES Northwest, police gathered enough evidence to move forward with charges against Gabonia.

Gabonia became very upset after the verdict was issued. He jumped on a table in the courtroom and declared he had nothing to live for. He then attempted to jump from a 4th story window but was taken into custody by Washington County sheriff’s deputies.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of Forest Grove Police Detective Charles McCutcheon for his work on this case.

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

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