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Roger James Bayard Sentenced to 75 Months in Prison for Causing Deadly Crash (Photo) - 08/07/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 26, 2019, Roger James Bayard pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, fourth-degree assault with an injury and driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was sentenced to 75 months in prison by Judge Charles Bailey and his driver’s license was suspended for life. Deputy District Attorney Matt Lehman prosecuted the case against Bayard.

On March 30, 2019, Bayard was leaving a business along Southwest Pacific Highway near Sherwood when he pulled into oncoming traffic with no regard for other vehicles on the highway. As Bayard entered the lanes of traffic, a pickup truck traveling southbound on Pacific Highway was forced to swerve several times in an attempt to avoid a collision. Bayard then cut off the truck again, ultimately hitting the back wheels of the vehicle. That collision sent the truck, and its two passengers, into a deep ditch where it rolled over multiple times. The passenger in the truck suffered serious injuries and was deceased when officers and first responders arrived on scene.

When officers found Bayard nearby, he was drinking mouthwash and officers quickly spotted signs of both marijuana and alcohol impairment. Officers then conducted a field sobriety test and documented additional signs of impairment. Investigators found two empty liquor bottles in Bayard’s vehicle and he admitted to drinking alcohol shortly before the crash. They also found marijuana and smoking devices in his vehicle. Bayard had a blood alcohol level of 0.77% nearly three hours after the crash. Officers also discovered Bayard was driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a previous hit-and-run misdemeanor.

Ross Day, the attorney for the surviving victim, spoke on behalf of his client.

“We really appreciate all the hard work that everyone put into this case. My client is happy that it is over and hopefully everyone can move on,” Day said of the outcome of the case.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as well as the multi-agency Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) for their work on this case.

Bayard has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

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Former Teacher Convicted in Child Pornography Case (Photo) - 08/05/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 31, 2019, Washington County Judge Charles Bailey found Geoffrey William Germano guilty of seven counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. This case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver.

In April of 2018, detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were alerted to an internet protocol (IP) address which was flagged as downloading and/or sharing a high number of known child pornography files through peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Investigators determined the activity dated back to March of 2016.

Through further investigation, detectives determined that the downloads were associated with a single installation of peer-to-peer file sharing software. The program was associated with a number of different IP addresses (consistent with a single computer being moved to various locations and using different internet connections to download child pornography). One of the IP addresses used to download child pornography was associated with the Beaverton School District. Germano was working as a teacher at Aloha High School at the time. Another IP address was identified to Germano’s personal address in Hillsboro.

Washington County Sheriff detectives executed a search warrant at Germano’s home. He was interviewed and admitted to downloading child pornography to his personal laptop. Investigators forensically analyzed Germano’s laptop and recovered several child pornography videos. Evidence discovered during the search suggested that Germano downloaded significantly more child pornography files than investigators were able to recover during their analysis. Germano told investigators he frequently deleted the files after downloading them. Germano also admitted that he brought the laptop to school with him but claimed he didn’t intentionally use the school’s WiFi to download the material.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the investigative work by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on this case as well as the cooperation of the Beaverton School District in pursuing this matter.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 22, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Germano remains out of custody pending sentencing.

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Jeremiah Andrew Libbee Convicted of Multiple Charges for Role in Police Chase, Crash (Photo) - 08/05/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On August 2, 2019, a Washington County jury found Jeremiah Andrew Libbee guilty of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and driving with a suspended or revoked license. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Andrew Freeman in Judge Janelle Wipper’s courtroom.

On February 19, 2019, Libbee was driving with a criminally-revoked driver’s license when he was spotted driving approximately 90 miles per hour down Highway 26 in North Plains. A North Plains Police officer turned on his lights and siren and began to pursue Libbee.

Libbee refused to pull over and increased to speeds between 100 and 120 miles per hour on wet roads through highway traffic as he entered Highway 6 towards Tillamook. Law enforcement deployed a spike strip. Libbee’s excessive speed and reckless driving caused the crash and subsequent injury to his passenger when he attempted to avoid the spike strip at an extremely high rate of speed. He then lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree before his car entered Gales Creek.

Deputy District Attorney Freeman proved to the jury that Libbee chose to abandon his badly-injured and trapped passenger in the partially submerged vehicle as he freed himself and fled the scene. Emergency first responders then spent more than an hour working to free the woman from the car. She was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

A sentencing hearing for this case will be held on August 13, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Libbee will remain in custody at the Washington County Jail until that time.

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Brian Toru Matsuo Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge, Sentenced to Five Years in Prison (Photo) - 08/02/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 31, 2019, Brian Toru Matsuo pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and was sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Beth Roberts. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Marie Atwood.

In the early morning hours of June 16, 2019, Matsuo pulled into a gas station off of Cornelius Pass Road and began yelling at the driver of another vehicle over a parking dispute. That driver and his passenger ignored Matsuo and eventually drove away from the gas station.

Matsuo then followed the vehicle, pulled out a handgun and opened fire on the car and its occupants. Those bullets shattered the entire rear window of the victim’s car and left damage to the trunk as well. Fortunately, the victims were not hurt in the shooting.

The victims then returned to the gas station where they called law enforcement. Investigators recovered shell casings and bullet fragments. They also pulled surveillance video showing Matsuo’s vehicle and license plate. The photos and footage were released to the public in an effort to identify the shooter.

Multiple tips came in to law enforcement, including witnesses who said Matsuo admitted to his role in the shooting. Investigators executed a search warrant at Matsuo’s home and found the gun used in the shooting along with several other weapons including an AK-47 rifle which he purchased just one day after the incident.

When confronted, Matsuo admitted to the shooting. He said he was only trying to scare the victims but wouldn’t have any regrets if the shots fired hit either of them.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the investigative work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as well as the assistance of the public in identifying Matsuo.

Matsuo has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence. He will be barred from owning any firearms upon his release.

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Several People Convicted and Sentenced for Violent Home-Invasion Robbery (Photo) - 08/01/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 30, 2019, Jaime Gonzalez was sentenced to 130 months in prison by Washington County Judge Danielle Hunsaker after he pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree robbery. Over the past several months, Gonzalez’s accomplices-- Casandra Dempsey, Jamie David Lay, Jesse John Lieble, Emmanuel Rodriguez and Anthony Anacleto Ortega-- also entered guilty pleas for their roles in this home-invasion robbery and were sentenced for their crimes. Chief Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey prosecuted these cases. A full list of the defendant’s charges and sentences can be found below.

In the early morning hours of June 1, 2018, Dempsey knocked on the door of a Beaverton apartment but quickly claimed she had the wrong house when the victim opened the door. Moments later, four armed men who were concealing their faces forced their way into the apartment and put a gun to the head of one of the victims. That victim grabbed the gun and tried to fight the assailants, but they overpowered her and began to attack her.

As this was happening, one of the other gunmen ordered the two other adults in the apartment to lie on the floor. A teenage girl was also home at the time and ordered at gunpoint to get on the ground.

The gunmen were inside the apartment for about five minutes and ordered one of the victims to turn over his cell phone and wallet. They then fled the scene.

Fortunately, the apartment was equipped with surveillance cameras which captured footage which would prove to be vital to the case. The footage showed Dempsey wearing a sweatshirt with a logo for an area youth soccer association. Detectives contacted that group and were able to identify Dempsey as a suspect.

When confronted, Dempsey admitted she was recruited to knock on the victim’s door. Ortega also admitted to his role in the robbery and helped detectives identify the remaining assailants.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of the Beaverton Police Department and Detective Michael Purdy for their work on this case.

All six defendants have been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve their sentences.

List of charges and sentences for defendants:

Casandra Dempsey pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 90 months in prison.

Jaime Gonzalez pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 130 months in prison.

Jaime David Lay pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 90 months in prison.

Jesse John Lieble pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree robbery and was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

Emmanuel Rodriguez pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 90 months.

Anthony Anacleto Ortega pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree robbery and was given 120 months in prison.

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Gabriel Moscote-Saavedra Convicted of Multiple Counts in Sexual Assault Case (Photo) - 07/31/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 26, 2019, a Washington County jury found Gabriel Moscote-Saavedra guilty of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree burglary and three counts of first-degree sex abuse. This case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey in Judge Janelle Wipper’s courtroom.

On December 2, 2018, Moscote-Saavedra broke into the victim’s Hillsboro apartment. He removed a screen and entered through an unlocked window. Moscote-Saavedra then entered the woman’s bedroom and held her at knifepoint as he sexually assaulted her. He left DNA evidence at the scene before he left the apartment.

Hillsboro Police immediately began investigating and quickly identified Moscote-Saavedra as a potential suspect. He lived at the same apartment complex as the victim and agreed to submit a DNA sample. That evidence, along with fingerprints found on the victim’s window, allowed investigators to confirm he was responsible for the attack. He also admitted to sexually assaulting the victim when interviewed by detectives.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the investigate work of Hillsboro Police Detectives Tobby Cook and Rebecca Venable. We would also like to thank the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory for their assistance on this case.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Moscote-Saavedra will remain in custody at the Washington County Jail until that time.

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Ulizes Escobar Sentenced to 116 Months in Prison in Second-Degree Manslaughter Case (Photo) - 07/25/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 22, 2019, Washington County Judge Eric Butterfield sentenced Ulizes Escobar to 116 months in prison. The first 75 months of that sentence fall under Measure 11 sentencing guidelines. On July 19, 2019, Escobar pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. This case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver.

On November 20, 2019, Escobar and his victim went to a home in Hillsboro with several minors. Escobar had smoked marijuana throughout the day and continued to do so at the residence. The group went to a bedroom where Escobar revealed two handguns he had brought to the residence. Escobar passed around one of the handguns to other members of the group. That gun, a revolver, was unloaded.

Escobar began to dry fire the unloaded revolver as he pointed it at several people in the room. As he was doing this, he had a second weapon, a semiautomatic handgun, in his left hand. He then pointed that second weapon at a wall near where the victim was standing and pulled the trigger. This weapon was loaded, and the bullet struck the victim. The victim died as a result of his wounds a short time later.

Escobar hid the unloaded revolver in the home. He and the minors present made false statements to police, claiming two unknown gunmen came to the house and shot the victim. Investigators quickly determined this narrative to be false and eventually the minors and Escobar told the true story of what led to the victim’s death.

Investigators at the Washington County Digital Forensics Laboratory searched Escobar’s phone and found several photos and videos depicting him using various firearms in an extremely unsafe manner. While evidence yielded during the investigation made clear that Escobar acted recklessly and with extreme indifference to the value of human life, it did not demonstrate that Escobar specifically intended to kill the victim.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the investigative work of the Hillsboro Police Department as well as that of staff at the Washington County Digital Forensics Laboratory for their assistance on this case.

Escobar has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

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Juan Perales Jr. Sentenced to 75 Months in Prison in Domestic Violence Case (Photo) - 07/19/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 18, 2019, Judge Charles Bailey sentenced Juan Perales Jr. to 75 months in prison. On June 20, 2019, Perales was convicted on multiple charges including first-degree sexual abuse, fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence, strangulation and menacing constituting domestic violence. The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney John Gerhard.

On December 21, 2018, Perales, who lived and worked in Seattle, Washington at the time, convinced the victim to come to his hotel. He told her it would be safe because there would be other people at the facility.

Once inside his room, Perales became agitated and began to threaten the victim because she wanted to end their relationship. He grabbed a handgun and pulled the slide back in an attempt to intimidate her. The woman tried to leave the room, but Perales grabbed her by the neck and pushed her onto the bed. He then used his body weight to pin her to the bed and began kissing her despite her objections. He covered her mouth and nose with his hand to muffle her screams, obstructing her breathing in the process.

As he continued to hold her down, Perales then forcibly engaged in sexual activity with her against her will. The victim was screaming so loudly that hotel security called to check on the room twice. During the second call the victim was able to escape the room and was seen on hotel surveillance video running from Perales as he chased her down a hallway. He put her in a headlock and tried to drag her back into his room but ended up locking himself out.

Beaverton Police arrived a short time later and arrested Perales. He admitted to engaging in the unwanted sexual contact with the victim and also admitted he prevented her from leaving the hotel at least three times.

“Mr. Perales subjected his victim to a horrific situation, and no person deserves to be treated that way,” Gerhard said of the abuse committed by Perales. “I am thankful that he was held accountable for his crimes. The Washington County DA’s Office is committed to our mission of protecting vulnerable victims, including domestic violence survivors.”

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of Beaverton Police Detective Chad Opitz on this case. We’d also like to commend the victim for her bravery in testifying in court.

In addition to his prison sentence, the defendant will have to register as a sex offender for life, and he will also be subject to 10 years of post-prison supervision with recommendations for sex offender and domestic violence counseling.

Perales has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.