HILLSBORO, Ore.- On November 19, 2019, a Washington County jury found Seven Stars, formerly known as Lorenzo Eric Gonzalez, guilty of second-degree sodomy. Deputy District Attorney Rayney Meisel prosecuted Mr. Stars in Judge Ricardo Menchaca’s courtroom.

The investigation began in December of 2017 when a young woman called the Medford Police Department to report a case of online harassment. She told investigators that Mr. Stars was harassing her via a social media messaging service.

The victim told investigators that Mr. Stars sexually assaulted her in a park in Washington County, Oregon before she moved to Medford, Oregon. She told investigators that she had not seen the defendant, who went by the name Seven Stars, since that time. The victim did not know the defendant by any other name. The messages included lewd photos and videos of the defendant as well as taunts regarding the sexual assault. The victim repeatedly told the defendant to stop contacting her.

The case was referred to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and was investigated by Detective John Shipley.

Detectives scoured the defendant’s various social media accounts in an effort to identify him. They eventually used information posted to these accounts as well as law enforcement data bases to identify the suspect as Lorenzo Eric Gonzalez and arrested him.

The defendant denied the allegations against him, claiming, among other things, that he was not Seven Stars. This defense fell short, however, when DDA Meisel showed the jury the name-change petition Mr. Stars filed, while awaiting trial, to legally change his name from Lorenzo Eric Gonzalez to Seven Stars.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of the Medford Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office on this case. This office also commends the victim for reporting the abuse.

A sentencing hearing for Mr. Stars is set for December 11, 2019. He will remain in custody until that time.

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Stephen Mayer
Public Information Officer
November 26, 2019