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Dylan James Gregory Sentenced to Probation for Threatening Social Media Post, Drug Charges (Photo) - 11/21/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On November 14, 2019, 18-year-old Dylan James Gregory pleaded guilty to first-degree disorderly conduct, harassment and two counts of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Judge Ted Sims sentenced Mr. Gregory to two years of probation. Deputy District Attorney Tyler Bissett and Deputy District Attorney Mark Richman prosecuted the two separate cases against Mr. Gregory.

On September 4, 2019, Mr. Gregory posted a picture of himself to his social media account. The picture depicted the defendant holding a handgun featuring the caption, “Who ready for school.” Mr. Gregory was enrolled to start his first day at Mountainside High School that day.

Beaverton Police spotted the concerning photo. Officers quickly requested and obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s home and found ammunition but were unable to locate the handgun featured in the photo.

While this case was pending, Mr. Gregory was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies for a traffic violation. Deputies reported the vehicle smelled of marijuana and later found a pipe containing methamphetamine residue hidden in the defendant’s clothing. Mr. Gregory refused to give his name or date of birth to deputies and was arrested at the scene.

Less than a week later, Beaverton Police responded to an apartment complex on a report of a loud disturbance. Mr. Gregory was arrested after officers determined he tried to instigate a fight and pushed another individual at the scene. While he was being processed at the Washington County Jail, deputies found a small bag containing methamphetamine.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge Beaverton Police for flagging the concerning photo and working quickly to address the possible threat. This office also commends school staff for their diligence in addressing the matter swiftly.

“We can never be too careful when it comes to student safety,” DDA Bissett said of the concerning social media post. “We applaud Beaverton Police and school staff for acting so quickly to safeguard the students of Mountainside High School.”

In addition to probation, Judge Sims also ordered Mr. Gregory to undergo drug and mental health treatment.

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Tasi Autele Given Prison Sentence for Role in Violent Attack (Photo) - 11/19/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On November 1, 2019, a Washington County jury found Tasi Autele, also known as Brian Mulivai Autele, guilty of third-degree assault. On November 13, 2019, Judge Ricardo Menchaca sentenced Mr. Autele to two years in prison. Senior Deputy District Attorney John Gerhard prosecuted the case.

On August 26, 2017, the victim and defendant attended a gathering at a mutual friend’s house in a rural area of Hillsboro, Oregon. The gathering continued without incident into the early morning hours of the next day.

At some point during the gathering, the victim left the main group and ventured into a secluded field. Mr. Autele joined the victim in the field and began talking to the victim. Mr. Autele then asked the victim if he fights, to which the victim indicated he had wrestling experience from high school. Mr. Autele then came up from behind the victim, put him in a chokehold, and told the victim this was a fight, not a wrestling match.

The victim lost consciousnesses a short time later. While he was unconscious, Mr. Autele repeatedly struck the victim in the head and face, causing numerous fractures to his nose, orbital socket, and skull. The party hosts happened to come across the victim’s unconscious body and saw Mr. Autele standing over the victim. The victim was rushed to OHSU where he required extensive medical attention.

Mr. Autele fled the scene after the unprovoked attack but was captured by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies a short time later.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office including Detective Dawn Vandehey for her work on this case.

In addition to his prison sentence, the defendant was also ordered to pay more than $4,000 in restitution and a $3,000 compensatory fine to the victim for future medical expenses. He was also ordered to have no contact with his victim, ordered to undergo anger counseling and will be under post-prison supervision for two years upon his release.

Attached Media Files: TASI_AUTELE.pdf , AUTELE_TASI.png
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Christopher Leroy Ainsworth Convicted of Multiple Charges Including Attempted Rape (Photo) - 11/15/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On November 8, 2019, a Washington County jury found Christopher Leroy Ainsworth guilty of attempted first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of second-degree sex abuse, second-degree attempted sex abuse, third-degree sex abuse, unlawful delivery of a marijuana item and furnishing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age. Deputy District Attorney Jason Weiner prosecuted Mr. Ainsworth in Judge Andrew Erwin’s courtroom.

On August 14, 2018, the then 36-year-old defendant arranged a meeting with the teenage victim at an apartment complex in Beaverton, Oregon. He provided the victim with alcohol and marijuana and attempted to kiss her. She refused his advances.

Some time later, the defendant again tried to kiss the victim. She again refused to kiss him and pulled away. This time he forced himself on her and pinned her to a couch. Mr. Ainsworth held her down momentarily as he sexually abused the victim. When she tried to get away, he squeezed her throat for a short period until she stopped resisting. The victim’s phone then rang, which startled the defendant. The victim said her mother was on her way home and he left immediately.

That night, the victim disclosed the abuse to several friends. One week later, police were dispatched to the same apartment complex on an unrelated call. The victim then asked to speak privately with one of the officers and disclosed the attack. Law enforcement immediately began investigating the allegations.

The victim was taken to a hospital where medical staff observed injuries consistent with her description of the assault. She was also interviewed by experts at CARES Northwest where she provided additional details of the attack.

Mr. Ainsworth initially denied all the allegations, but his accounting of the facts changed when he was confronted with digital evidence obtained by investigators.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the investigative work of Detective Cheryl Crecelius of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

A sentencing hearing is set for December 30, 2019.

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Update: Martin Allen Johnson Found Guilty of 1998 Murder of 15-Year-Old Heather Fraser (Photo) - 11/14/19

***UPDATE***

HILLSBORO, Ore- On November 14, 2019, Judge Eric Butterfield sentenced Mr. Johnson to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Washington County District Attorney's Office would like to thank the Washington County Sheriff's Office, those involved in the trial and especially the victim’s family for their courage in testifying in court.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On November 8, 2019, a Washington County jury found Martin Allen Johnson guilty of eight counts of first-degree murder in the 1998 rape and murder of 15-year-old Heather Fraser. The jury delivered a unanimous decision after less than three hours of deliberations. Chief Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey and Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeff MacLean prosecuted Mr. Johnson in Judge Eric Butterfield’s courtroom.

Mr. Johnson was convicted of aggravated murder in 2001. In 2017, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld a decision made by the Oregon Court of Appeals to overturn the conviction, citing inadequate representation on behalf of Mr. Johnson’s defense team during the original trial.

Mr. Johnson was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in this new case due to new guidelines established by Senate Bill 1013. Those guidelines also barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty once again.

During the course of the two-week trial, Mr. McKey and Mr. MacLean proved to the jury that Mr. Martin drugged, raped and killed Ms. Fraser. The defendant then drove the victim to Astoria, Oregon where he threw her body off a bridge and into the Columbia River.

Mr. Martin was quickly identified as a suspect by authorities. He then fled the state and was apprehended in Florida more than a year later.

A sentencing hearing will be held on November 13, 2019 at 9 a.m. in Judge Butterfield’s courtroom.

Opening Statements Set to Begin in Martin Allen Johnson Murder Trial - 10/28/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- Opening statements will begin on October 29, 2019, in the murder trial of Martin Allen Johnson. Mr. Johnson was convicted of aggravated murder in 2001. In 2017, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld a decision made by the Oregon Court of Appeals to overturn the conviction, citing inadequate representation on behalf of Mr. Johnson’s defense team during the original trial.

Mr. Johnson was indicted by a Washington County grand jury for the 1998 rape and murder of 15-year-old Heather Fraser.

Under new guidelines established by Senate Bill 1013, Mr. Johnson can no longer be charged with aggravated murder. He is now charged with first-degree murder. He also cannot be sentenced to death if found guilty once again.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey and Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeff MacLean will prosecute the case against Mr. Johnson.

Opening statements are slated to begin at 9 a.m. in Judge Eric Butterfield’s courtroom.

Attached Media Files: MARTIN_ALLEN_JOHNSON.pdf