HILLSBORO, Ore.- On October 28, 2021, Ryan Lee Geiger pleaded guilty to using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and first-degree attempted sex abuse. Deputy District Attorney Sara Loebner prosecuted the defendant before Washington County Circuit Court Judge Erik Buchér.

In October of 2020, one of Mr. Geiger’s two teenaged victims made a disclosure of sexual abuse to a mandatory reporter. She later gave additional information about the abuse to experts at the Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center in Cowlitz County, Washington. She explained to investigators how the defendant abused her at his home in Forest Grove, Oregon while she was a minor. 

During the course of the investigation, detectives also learned of a second victim who reported similar abuse by the defendant. In this instance, the defendant requested the victim, who was a minor at the time, send him sexually explicit photos which he later shared with another adult.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the victims for having the courage to report this abuse. This office would also like to acknowledge the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, including Detective Mark Povolny, for their work on this case, as well as the Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center for their assistance.

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

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. This month and beyond, please join the Washington County DA’s Office and Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) to encourage safe infant sleep and to raise awareness about SIDS. 

Nationally, approximately 3,400 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. The causes of these sleeping deaths include accidental suffocation or strangulation, sudden infant death syndrome, and unknown causes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these deaths impact children of all races and ethnicities, but are disproportionately present in several demographic groups.

In Oregon, about 40 babies die in their sleep every year. Oregon has the highest rate of unexplained infant deaths on the West Coast, approximately 22% higher than Washington and 72% higher than California.

Many of these deaths can be prevented by ensuring a safe sleeping environment for babies. Experts recommend putting babies to sleep on their back, removing loose bedding and blankets and using a firm sleeping surface.

To help reduce infant deaths, the Washington County District Attorney’s Office and Child Abuse MDT have partnered with the national Cribs for Kids Program to provide free Cribette Kits to eligible families residing in Washington County. In addition to providing a free portable crib, infant sleep sack and educational materials, MDT community partners will provide safe sleep education for eligible families.

“In my role as both a dad and the DA, I am excited about this new program to provide families with safe sleep cribs, clothing and education,” said Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton. “Our goal is to stop every preventable child death and this takes our community a huge step in that direction.”

For more information on this program and to apply for a Cribette Kit, please visit the Washington County DA’s Office website

Additional Resources:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
  2. Oregon Health Authority website
  3. Photos courtesy Cribs for Kids.
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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On October 8, 2021, a Washington County jury convicted Patricia Marie Deangelis of criminally negligent homicide. Deputy District Attorney Matt Wise prosecuted the defendant before Judge Ramón Pagán. 

On November 25, 2019, the defendant was operating a commercial dump truck when she ran a red light and collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Southeast Baseline Street and South First Avenue in Hillsboro, Oregon. A passenger in the second vehicle later died as a result of her injuries. 

Investigators with the Hillsboro Police Department and the Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene. Using video depicting the crash and other investigative methods, they determined the traffic signal at the intersection in question was red in the direction of travel for Ms. Deangelis for more than seven seconds prior to the collision. The defendant, who was previously convicted of driving with drugs or a metabolite in her system stemming from a 2007 case in Arizona, told investigators that she swerved to avoid a separate collision prior to this crash and was distracted as a result. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the work of Hillsboro police and CART on this case. This office also sends its sympathies to the victim’s family and loved ones. 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 6, 2021. 

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On September 27, 2021, Quentin Lashawn Covington pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated theft and was sentenced to 26 months in prison by Judge Chris Colburn. Deputy District Attorney David Pitcher prosecuted the case against the defendant. 

The defendant stole more than $35,000 in merchandise between October of 2020 and June of 2021 from multiple locations of a well-known beauty supply company across the Portland Metro area. 

On 16 separate occasions, the defendant carried out essentially the same plan. He would enter the store and immediately start loading a bag or basket with expensive perfume and cologne. As evidenced in surveillance camera footage from multiple locations, the defendant would then brazenly exit the store with the merchandise. In most cases, the defendant was in and out of the store in less than two minutes. 

Detectives with the Tigard Police Department investigated the case. They worked with other jurisdictions including the Portland Police Bureau to ultimately identify the defendant as the suspect in the case, as some of the thefts were committed in the city of Portland, Oregon.  A Washington County grand jury then indicted the defendant leading to a warrant for his arrest. 

This office would like to acknowledge the Tigard Police Department and Portland Police Bureau for their work in identifying Mr. Covington based on review of the surveillance footage. 

In addition to his prison time, Judge Colburn also ordered the defendant to pay more than $35,000 in restitution and ordered him to stay away from the businesses he targeted upon his release.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On October 6, 2021, Kenrry Hoag Bay pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of driving under the influence of intoxicants, identity theft and menacing and was sentenced to 110 months in prison by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Eric Buchér. Deputy District Attorney Bryce Bissinger prosecuted the cases against the defendant. 

Mr. Bay, who was already on probation out of Deschutes County, Oregon on a second-degree burglary charge, committed multiple crimes during a two-month period. Between March 10, 2021 and May 20, 2021, Mr. Bay stole three vehicles, committed five separate identity thefts, drove under the influence of intoxicants at last twice, committed one act of second-degree robbery, and one act of second-degree burglary. He also crashed into two vehicles while driving in an impaired state and threatened to kill a random stranger while holding a cup of gasoline. 

Beaverton police and the Washington County Sherriff’s Office investigated these crimes and arrested the defendant. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt as a result of Mr. Bay’s actions. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the work of the Beaverton Police Department and the Washington County Sherriff’s Office on these cases. We also commend the victims for aiding in the prosecution of the defendant. 

In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Buchér also ordered the defendant to serve three years of post-prison supervision upon his release and to pay restitution to his victims.  

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The following article was written by Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton

HILLSBORO, Ore.- I received a phone call not long ago from a young woman. The call was unexpected, as was the question she asked, “Do you remember me?”

As the District Attorney for Washington County, Oregon’s second most populous county, I have interacted with tens of thousands of people over the course of my career. I cannot honestly say that I remember each of them. But I absolutely did remember her.

The last time we had spoken was many years earlier during a difficult criminal trial. At that time, she was a thirteen-year-old victim and I was prosecuting her step-father for horrific sexual crimes he had committed against her. During the trial, I stood in court and announced that she would be my next witness. But when I walked into the hallway to get her, she was gone.

What do you do when your key witness is suddenly missing at the pivotal moment in the middle of a trial? Without her testimony, no matter how scared she might be, the case would fall apart and be dismissed. My mind raced as I frantically looked in the hallway for her, while the judge and jury waited in the courtroom for me.

I eventually found her hiding in the bathroom, afraid to come out to testify. No matter how much I reasoned and pleaded with her, she refused to budge. Finally, out of desperation I gave her my hand and asked her to take it so we could walk into the courtroom together. Surprisingly, she did. She approached the witness stand, took her oath to tell the truth, and revealed to the jury what had happened to her. Her step-father was convicted and she and I both moved on with our lives. I continued to prosecute criminals and eventually was elected as District Attorney. She continued to grow up.

And then many years later we reconnected with her phone call and her question, “Do you remember me?”

She called asking to interview me for a college assignment. We agreed to meet in person and when the interview finished, we talked about that moment when she was hiding in the bathroom. I asked her what she was thinking when she changed her mind and took my hand. Her response was startling.

She told me that in that instant, she knew she had a choice to make. She could stay in the bathroom and feel safe that day, but be scared the rest of her life. Or, she could take my hand and feel scared that day, but be safe for the rest of her life.

Safety is a fundamental right. Unlike the rights to speech, religion or property, the right to safety is not explicitly a constitutionally guaranteed right. But it is every bit as important. Without safety our society cannot function and our constitutional rights have no meaning.

Safety means being able to live, work and raise a family without fear of crime. It is knowing that when a crime occurs, justice will follow. When you call the police, they will come. When they come, they will protect. And when they protect by making an arrest, the district attorney will prosecute the criminal to safeguard the victim and the community.

These principles may seem self-evident. But we live in a time when they are under attack. We face extremists who advocate for defunding police, abolishing prisons and tearing down our public safety system. And we endure leaders who spread partisan rhetoric rather than demonstrating political courage.

The task of ensuring safe communities is more difficult today than perhaps any other time in our state’s modern history. Challenges from skyrocketing addiction, uncontrolled homelessness and dramatic increases in crime are spreading. In Portland alone, we have seen an unprecedented surge in violence. According to the Portland Police Bureau, there were 1,240 shootings during the past 12 months, compared to 388 during the calendar year 2019. And there have been 62 homicides in Portland so far in 2021, putting the city on a path to break the homicide record, again. While it might be tempting to assume that Portland’s problem will remain isolated, as the district attorney in the neighboring county, I can assure you that crime does not stop at the county line.

Despite these grim facts and difficult environment, this remains a struggle that we can win. I frequently hear people openly wonder why someone doesn’t do something. As a district attorney I can share that I am working with other public safety leaders to do all we can. But in our participatory system of government, where we share a common obligation to be informed and take action, our leaders need your help and, in some instances, your demand for action.

Just as that young victim of mine who was hiding in the bathroom recognized the need to stand up for her safety, I believe Oregonians who understandably are scared and appalled at the current state of affairs, must join together to ensure all of our safety.


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