Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton takes the oath of office.
Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton takes the oath of office.
Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton during his swearing-in ceremony

HILLSBORO, Ore.- Before a crowd of dozens of elected officials, city and county leaders, colleagues and community members, Kevin Barton was officially sworn-in as District Attorney of Washington County. 

Barton won his election in May of 2018 by a significant margin after a highly contested and much publicized race.  Following that election, former District Attorney Bob Hermann retired early and the Governor appointed Barton to finish the remainder of Hermann’s term.  The swearing-in ceremony today marks the official start of Barton’s elected term as Washington County District Attorney.

Prior to becoming District Attorney, Barton was a career prosecutor who worked his way up through the ranks of the DA’s Office to become Chief Deputy District Attorney.  As a prosecutor, Barton prosecuted many of Washington County’s most serious crimes and specialized in prosecuting crimes committed against children.  As District Attorney, Barton will continue his focus on public safety.

“My mission as District Attorney is to seek justice and protect our community,” said Barton.  “That means doing the right thing for the right reason and always being mindful how any decision affects community safety.” 

Barton is heavily invested in the Washington County community.  He was raised locally and lives in Washington County with his wife and children.  In addition to his duties as District Attorney, Barton serves on the governing board of CARES Northwest, a community-based medical program whose mission is to stop child abuse. He is also a member of the Attorney General’s Child Abuse Advisory Council, and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Additionally, Barton is a founding member of the Building Bridges Steering Committee, a coalition of public safety leaders and diverse civil society organizations who are committed to building hope and trust in our community.

“An important aspect of being safe is feeling safe,” said Barton. “The District Attorney must lead the effort to ensure that the criminal justice system works for all members of our community.”

To see the full ceremony, visit the official Facebook page for the Washington County District Attorney’s Office. 

Robert David Duke
Backpack containing stolen jewelry
Stolen jewelry with estimated value of $250,000

Robert David Duke and the jewelry he stole. 

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On January 16, 2019, a Washington County jury found Robert David Duke guilty of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree. He was sentenced to 90 months in prison for this Measure 11 crime. The trial began January 15, 2019 in Judge Oscar Garcia’s courtroom. Senior Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey prosecuted the case against Duke.

Duke committed an armed robbery at a Beaverton consignment shop on October 28, 2018. He held a female employee at gunpoint and stole cash and jewelry. That jewelry had an estimated retail value of $250,000. The employee was not physically hurt during the robbery.

Duke was arrested just a few hours after the robbery, thanks to officer Loren Andler of the Beaverton Police Department. Andler and his training recruit, Daniela Pamfilie, were among the first officers to respond to the call. After the initial search for the suspects came up empty, Andler used his knowledge of the area to determine the best place to hide the getaway car. As he and Pamfilie were scouting that location, Duke emerged from a nearby walking trail and was arrested without incident.

Detective Chad Opitz of the Beaverton Police Department soon took over the investigation. Through digital forensics conducted on several phones involved in the case, he and his team were able to determine the suspects had been planning this robbery for some time. That evidence, along with jailhouse recordings and body-worn camera footage, were instrumental in the trial against Duke.

Detectives were also able to recover all the stolen items and returned them to the store’s owner. They were tipped off as to the location of the stolen jewelry thanks to a jailhouse call Duke made. All calls made from the Washington County Jail are recorded. Detectives reviewed a call between Duke and a female acquaintance in which he cryptically tried to tell her where she could find the stolen goods. Officers got there first and retrieved the items before the woman could. When she arrived a short time later, officers seized her phone and used data found on it to piece together the remaining details of the robbery.

Beaverton Police are searching for Jason Patton, an associate of Duke's. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call law enforcement immediately.

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Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown speaking to students at Liberty High School
Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown speaking to students at Liberty High School
Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown speaking to students at Liberty High School
Victim Assistance Specialist Estela Guillen Speaks to Students at the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce

Washington County District Attorney's Office staff speak with students.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore.- Attorneys and support staff from the Washington County District Attorney’s Office have been busy with more than just their normal work lately, as they’ve taken time to meet with students from across the county.

On January 10, 2019, Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown participated in a panel discussion at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Joined by other professionals from the public and private sectors, Brown told the students in attendance about her work at the DA’s office and how it impacts their lives. Brown, who works on the child abuse team, says it’s vital for students to understand the legal system and how they can be more involved in criminal justice moving forward.

“It was a pleasure speaking with such an engaged group of students,” Brown said of the panel discussion. “I want these students to know about employment opportunities in the criminal justice system and to realize that a career in public service can be very rewarding.”

As Brown was addressing that group, a separate discussion was already underway at the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce. Deputy District Attorney Tucker Rossetto and Victim Assistance Specialist Estela Guillen gave a presentation to a group of about a dozen students from various Washington County schools.

Rossetto, who focuses on misdemeanor cases, told the students about his duties and how they can pursue a career in criminal justice. Guillen, who works with victims as they navigate the legal process, also explained her role and how students could seek internships if they are interested in this field. The discussion was facilitated by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce’s School to Career program, one both Rossetto and Guillen have participated in several times.

A group of college students also had the opportunity to learn more about the DA’s office. Deputy District Attorney Bik-Na Han spoke to several undergraduate students at Pacific University on Monday, January 14. The class, which is run by retired Washington County Judge Don Letourneau, is designed to be an introduction to law for any students interested in becoming lawyers.

“I was thrilled and privileged to be asked by Judge Letourneau to speak with his students about the hard work our office does on a daily basis to ensure the safety of our community,” Han said. “Ultimately, being a prosecutor is a job of service where the focus is on serving our community by advocating for the rights of all of us to live in peace and dignity. It was a great opportunity to educate the students about what we do and why we do it.”

If you’d like one of our attorneys to speak to your group, contact Stephen Mayer, our Public Information Officer. You can email Mayer at Stephen_Mayer@co.washington.or.us.  

Nicky Lane Nolen

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On January 11, 2019, Nicky Lane Nolen was sentenced to 450 months in prison by Judge Oscar Garcia for child sex abuse.  Nolen was convicted of Sodomy in the First Degree and eight counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree following a jury trial on October 5, 2018. 

The case involved the defendant’s close family member.  The abuse occurred for several weeks while the child lived with the defendant.  The child gathered the courage to tell her father who reported the defendant to police.  The case was investigated by Detective Mark Povolny from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown.

The trial lasted four days in front of Judge Garcia.  In addition to the victim’s testimony, the jury also heard evidence that the defendant was previously convicted of sexually abusing another close family member.  Ultimately, the jury unanimously convicted the defendant of nine of the 10 charges after deliberating for several hours. 

In her sentencing memorandum, Brown recommended that the Court impose a lengthy prison sentence.  She also urged the Court to factor in the child’s vulnerability and impact the events will have on her for the rest of her life. 

“The testimony of the child in trial was gut-wrenching,” Brown said.  “Her emotion was palpable.  She cried and sobbed into her stuffed animal.  Her fear was equally apparent as she turned away and hid her face from the defendant.  She ultimately testified with the assistance of a comfort dog.  The child will undoubtedly suffer a very long time because of the defendant’s actions.”

At the sentencing hearing, Brown urged the Court to impose a significant prison sentence for the defendant’s egregious conduct.  She recommended that Judge Garcia take into consideration the threat the defendant posed to public safety, his previous convictions for similar conduct and refusal to change his behavior.  Judge Garcia agreed with the State and sentenced the defendant to 450 months in prison (37.5 years). 

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- Deputy District Attorney Ana Maria Carter of the Washington County District Attorney’s Office took a few hours off from her usual duties to meet with students at Hillsboro High School. Carter was one of 12 presenters taking part in the school’s first Spanish speaking Career Day.

Organized by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, the goal was to find Latino leaders from the community to share their experiences with the 100 students who registered for the program. Those leaders represent both the private and public sectors, giving the students a wide array of potential careers to explore.

“It is important for people to know what we do in our office and how we can help people in the community,” Carter said of why she decided to participate. “We also want these kids to know what career opportunities are available to them and to realize their ability to speak both English and Spanish can be a big asset for them.”

Nansi Lopez, the LatinX Outreach Business Manager for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, organized the event. Lopez says it’s vital for these students to have an example of successful men and women that they can relate to. She says that’s especially true when it comes to the criminal justice system, which can often be intimidating.

“I feel like having Ana Maria here is great because these kids get to learn that the work she is doing is meaningful and it does help our community. I think it’s very important to have her here,” Lopez said of Carter’s involvement with the program.

Carter was joined by leaders from Hillsboro Police, the Hillsboro Hops, local banks, medical professionals and more. Lopez says everyone benefits when these students succeed in school, and eventually in their careers. Giving them examples to draw from is just one step in that process.

“We have to do the work to make sure we are connecting with everyone in our community. The students must have the access to any program, any educational space, anything in the community that they need so they can be successful and productive citizens,” Lopez said.

Lopez already has the next event planned for March. If you’d like to learn more about the chamber’s School to Career program, visit their website.

HILLSBORO, Ore.- Members of the Washington County District Attorney’s Office showed their generosity and commitment to the community through their participation in the Tree of Giving campaign. Office staff helped fill donation requests for 40 children and collected hats, scarves, socks, gloves, blankets and toiletries for distribution at severe weather shelters across the area.

The effort to collect toys and other items for needy children was launched by Larry Eisele in the 1980’s and has grown ever since. Designed to help Washington County children in the foster care system, coordinators from the county work closely with the SCOTTY Foundation to help brighten the holidays for these children.

District Attorney Kevin Barton says his staff jump at the chance to give back.

“The Tree of Giving campaign is something that all of us in the DA’s Office look forward to being part of every year.  So much of our daily work deals with crime and its impact on the community that having an opportunity to make a child’s holiday season brighter is a true pleasure,” Barton said.

Heather Robinson with Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling took over the program in 2005 and has helped ensure its success ever since. In all, she says county employees donated toys for 400 local foster kids in addition to the 375 items that will be used in severe weather shelters.

If you’d like to learn more about the program, visit the SCOTTY Foundation’s website.


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