HILLSBORO, Ore.- On January 31, 2020, a Washington County jury convicted Mauricio Ambriz-Arguello of three counts of first-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and four counts of first-degree sex abuse. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case against the defendant in Judge Charles Bailey’s courtroom.

The abuse began when the victim was approximately six-years-old and continued into her teenage years. The victim reported the abuse to a close family member at least once throughout this time but was pressured to recant her allegations. The abuse continued for several more years after that initial disclosure.

During this time, the victim became suicidal and attempted to take her own life. When a separate family member learned of this, she became concerned for the victim’s safety. The victim then disclosed the abuse she suffered, and the family member encouraged her to speak to a school counselor.

The victim disclosed details of the abuse to a school counselor. That counselor immediately notified police and officials launched an investigation. The victim was interviewed by experts at CARES Northwest where she gave additional details of what she endured. Mr. Ambriz-Arguello was also interviewed by Beaverton Police with the assistance of an interpreter. He admitted to inappropriate touching but denied the bulk of the allegations against him.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of Beaverton Police, Officer Mark Kirlin and CARES Northwest for their work on this case. This office also commends the victim for showing the courage to report the abuse she suffered.

A sentencing hearing is set for February 12, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. The defendant will remain in custody until that time.

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Stephen Mayer
Public Information Officer
February 04, 2020