HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 19, 2023, a Washington County jury found Rafael Avalos-Lezama, age 45, guilty of two counts of Sodomy in the First Degree and three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case against the defendant before Judge Janelle Wipper. 

In April of 2021, one of two young victims in this case disclosed sexual abuse committed by the defendant. The Beaverton Police Department began investigating. Both victims provided details of the abuse to investigators and medical experts at CARES Northwest. 

Prior to his most recent arrest, the defendant was convicted of Identity Theft after authorities discovered he was using a stolen identity to avoid capture on an active arrest warrant for second-degree rape, involving a 12-year-old child, in Yamhill County, Oregon. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office commends the victims for their bravery throughout the legal process. This office also acknowledges the work of the Beaverton Police Department and CARES Northwest. 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 12, 2023. 

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 12, 2023, Richard Rankin Fellers, age 63, pleaded guilty to two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. On October 27, 2023, Judge Ted Sims sentenced the defendant to a total of 30 months in prison. This plea agreement was part of a collaborative deal between Mr. Fellers, Washington County, and federal prosecutors. As part of that deal, Mr. Fellers also pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to crossing state lines while on the horse show circuit to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Per the global plea agreement, Mr. Fellers will serve a total of 50 months in federal detention. Deputy District Attorney Rayney Meisel prosecuted the State charges in this case.

Mr. Fellers is a former Olympian who worked as an elite equestrian coach. The victim was 14 years old when she began training with the Defendant at his facility in Tualatin, Oregon. The victim lived on her own while her family remained in California.

When she was 16, Mr. Fellers told her he loved her and coerced her into a sexual relationship. He abused the victim multiple times in Washington County, Oregon, and in other states while traveling for equestrian competitions. The abuse came to light in the summer of 2020 after a family friend and the defendant’s wife witnessed the abuse firsthand.

“Mr. Fellers has known the victim since she was 11 years old. He was revered and beloved within the equestrian community, and she idolized him. He took advantage of that.” Deputy District Attorney Meisel said while discussing the case in court. “At 14, her family entrusted their child to the safe-keeping and coaching of Mr. Fellers, and the victim entrusted him with her Olympic hopes and dreams. What was taken from her is immeasurable. What she has had to endure from her community and the public in the wake of this exposure is immense. I am in awe of her strength and poise as she navigates this process and advocates for herself and others in similar positions.”

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the victim for her bravery throughout the legal process. This office also thanks the Tualatin Police Department for its work.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 5, 2023, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia found Mariano James Polanco guilty of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons, and Driving While Suspended or Revoked. On July 7, 2023, Judge Garcia sentenced Mr. Polanco to 90 months in prison. Deputy District Attorney Sean Kallery prosecuted the case against the Defendant. 

On July 2, 2022, Mr. Polanco, age 45 at the time, parked his truck next to the victim’s recreational vehicle and began harassing him. He threw plastic bottles at his vehicle and played loud music. The victim, age 60 at the time, confronted the Defendant. The victim used his cane to try to prevent the Defendant from attacking him. The Defendant then kicked the victim away from the Defendant’s truck before exiting his vehicle, causing the retreating victim to hold his cane like a baseball bat to prevent the Defendant from closing the distance. 

The Defendant then told the victim he was going to kill him and that he was a dead man. Mr. Polanco got back into his truck, reversed it, and accelerated at a high rate of speed directly into the victim. He suffered serious injuries and had to be taken to the hospital.

Hours later, police spotted the Defendant in his truck and stopped him. They noted damage to the front of the vehicle consistent with the crime scene. They matched debris left at the scene to damage on the truck. They also used video captured days earlier of the victim’s truck to confirm the damage was caused recently. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office acknowledges Hillsboro police for their work on this case.

Upon completion of his sentence, the Defendant will also serve three years of post-prison supervision. Mr. Polanco will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence. 

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On May 23, 2023, Ronald Terry Stephens, age 42, of Portland, was convicted by a Washington County jury of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of unlawful use of a firearm, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. On July 5, 2023, Judge Andrew Erwin sentenced the Defendant to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. The case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy DA Jeff Lesowski and Deputy DA Alyssa Camp.

At noon on Thursday, December 16, 2021, Stephens drove to the apartment of his ex-girlfriend Lacy Kitchens, age 26, on Greenburg Rd. & 96th Ave. in Tigard. He forced open the front door to the apartment and kicked in the victim’s locked bedroom door, finding Ms. Kitchens inside with her new boyfriend, Frank Delgado-Falcon, age 45. Stephens shot Mr. Delgado-Falcon and Ms. Kitchens each twice in the head with a 9mm handgun, killing them instantly. He then kicked in the bedroom door of the victim’s roommates, intending to kill them, but those individuals hid in their bedroom closet and remained unseen. Stephens fled the scene but was arrested later that same night with his fiancé at a Fred Meyer store in Sandy, Oregon.  Lacy Kitchens’ blood was found on Stephens’ shoe and video surveillance placed him at the scene of the murders. The investigation also revealed that two weeks earlier Stephens had burglarized the same apartment looking for Ms. Kitchens and Mr. Delgado, and had kidnapped and menaced the roommates with a gun on that earlier date.

During the trial, Stephens’ fiancé, Jaquina Shelonda Anderson, age 31, failed to appear as a witness after being summoned by subpoena.  It was learned that Stephens, from jail, had directed another person to help Anderson avoid law enforcement.  A warrant has been issued for Anderson’s arrest for contempt of court and her whereabouts remain unknown.

“This was a premeditated double execution that was very nearly a quadruple murder,” said CDDA Lesowski. “While the sentence cannot make up for the victims’ losses, we are grateful that the community will be safer with Mr. Stephens permanently off the streets.”

The Washington County DA’s Office would like to acknowledge the outstanding investigative work by Tigard police, the Washington County Major Crimes Team, the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On June 27, 2023, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Eric Butterfield found Aubrey Ryan Quinn-Ward, age 26, guilty of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree following a bench trial. Deputy District Attorney Conor Jones prosecuted the case against the Defendant.

On September 2, 2022, the Washington County Sheriff's Office conducted a child predator sting aimed at identifying individuals willing to engage in sexual activity with children. Undercover detectives posed as teenage boys and girls on social media platforms associated with child sexual abuse. The detectives posed as 15-year-olds and directed interested suspects to a location in Beaverton, Oregon where they would meet the purported child.

The Defendant communicated with a detective claiming to be a 15-year-old girl. In text messages, he discussed having a sexual interaction with the purported 15-year-old and agreed upon a location for them to meet near her house. The Defendant then arrived at the agreed-upon location and was arrested without incident.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office commends the work of the Washington County Sheriff's Office on this case.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 29, 2023. 

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On June 15, 2023, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Ted Sims found Hugo Agustin Correa-Sanchez, age 45, guilty of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree, two counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, eight counts of Luring a Minor, and one count of Purchasing Sex with a Minor following a bench trial. On June 22, 2023, Judge Sims sentenced the Defendant to 375 months in prison. Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the case against Mr. Correa-Sanchez.

In June of 2022, the victim contacted Beaverton police to report sexual abuse committed by the Defendant. She detailed years of abuse, which began in Hillsboro, Oregon, and continued in Beaverton, Oregon, spanning several years. The abuse began when she was just eight years old. The victim provided additional information to investigators including inappropriate sexual messages and photos sent to her by the Defendant. The victim explained that she had tried to report when she was younger, but no one believed or supported her. 

Beaverton police arrested Mr. Correa-Sanchez. He denied any wrongdoing.  He admitted the inappropriate messages came from his phone but denied intending them for the victim.  Investigators found he had deleted many of these messages on his own phone. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the victim for her bravery in reporting this abuse and confronting the Defendant in court. This office also thanks Beaverton police for its work on this case.

In addition to the prison sentence, lifetime post-prison supervision of the defendant was ordered by Judge Sims as well as sex offender registration.  Mr. Correa-Sanchez will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence. 

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