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Louis Howard Johnson Convicted on Multiple Counts in Sexual Abuse Case (Photo) - 05/23/22

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On May 18, 2022, a Washington County jury found Louis Howard Johnson, age 58, guilty of six counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case against the defendant before Judge Ricardo Menchaca.

The defendant worked as a manager at the Tigarden Apartments in Tigard, Oregon from 1997 to the late 2000s. During that time, he and his wife babysat several children, including the three victims in this case. During a span of about seven years, he repeatedly sexually abused the three young children. 

The abuse did not come to light until May of 2019. One of the victims contacted Tigard police to report what she endured. Detective David Hockin worked with the victims and other law enforcement agencies to positively identify the defendant. Police confronted him with the allegations. He confirmed he did babysit the victims but denied any wrongdoing. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the victims for reporting this abuse. This office also acknowledges the work of Tigard police including Detective Hockin and Officer April Keller.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 6, 2022. The defendant will remain in custody until that time. 

Delivery Driver Sentenced to 103 Months in Prison in Sexual Abuse Case Involving Multiple Victims (Photo) - 05/23/22

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On May 18, 2022, Alejandro Negrete, age 25, pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree attempted sodomy, and two counts of public indecency. He was then sentenced to 103 months in prison by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Chris Colburn. Deputy District Attorney Rayney Meisel prosecuted the case for the State.

The defendant was working as a delivery driver on July 16, 2021, when he encountered a 9-year-old girl playing outside her home. Mr. Negrete approached the child and asked her if she wanted candy. When she declined the offer the defendant told the girl to sit down on her front steps and close her eyes so he could give her something better. She did so. When the child opened her eyes, the defendant was standing in front of her exposing himself. The victim screamed and ran away, as did Mr. Negrete. She reported the abuse to her father who immediately called 9-1-1.

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded and located the defendant nearby. He admitted to his actions and told investigators that the girl was not his first sexual abuse victim.

Based on this information, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release in the hopes other victims might come forward. Shortly after, a second family contacted investigators and reported that Mr. Negrete exposed himself to their 9-year-old daughter while working as a delivery driver. A third 9-year-old girl also reported the defendant touched her inappropriately as well. After detectives located corroborating videos and work schedules, Mr. Negrete admitted to his involvement in these additional cases.

“Cases like this are terrifying. The defendant used his position of public trust to gain access to children,” said DDA Meisel. “His behavior was escalating, and it appears he became emboldened when he wasn’t caught right away. We are so grateful that these young girls reported him, and that law enforcement acted quickly to get this man out of our community.”

In court, the defendant acknowledged his guilt. “I want to apologize to the victims and their families for my crimes and the harm I’ve caused,” Mr. Negrete said at his sentencing hearing. He also told the court he hoped to use the time in prison to better himself.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend these victims for having the courage to report this abuse. This office also thanks Detective Cheryl Crecelius and all the investigators on this case, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and CARES Northwest for their work.

In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Colburn also ordered the defendant to register as a sex offender and undergo post-prison supervision upon his release. Mr. Negrete will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence. 

Investigators believe there may additional victims who haven’t come forward. If you have any information, please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Eddie Tamaras Silas Convicted on Multiple Charges Including Attempted Murder (Photo) - 05/16/22

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On May 12, 2022, a Washington County jury found Eddie Tamaras Silas guilty of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of tampering with a witness. Deputy District Attorney Matt Wise prosecuted the case against the defendant before Judge Eric Butterfield. 

On July 3, 2021, the defendant and his girlfriend hosted a party at her home located in Aloha, Oregon. After the party ended, the defendant confronted his girlfriend and became very angry with her. He physically assaulted her while screaming at the top of his lungs. The girlfriend’s teenage daughter was in the home at the time of the assault. 

The defendant then took the woman’s cell phone without her permission and began going through it. At one point he called her cousin. An argument ensued over the phone and the defendant told the cousin to come to the house before he threatened to kill him.

About 20 minutes later, the girlfriend’s cousin arrived at the house and knocked on the front door. Her daughter answered the door. The cousin took one step inside before the defendant opened fire on him with a handgun. The cousin was shot once with hollow point ammunition. He was severely wounded but made a full recovery. The events were captured on a home surveillance camera. 

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Investigators matched bullets found in the victim to the defendant’s weapon. While in custody at the Washington County Jail, the defendant also attempted to influence his girlfriend’s testimony to affect the outcome of the trial. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Mark Povolny. This office also thanks Oregon State Police for their assistance. 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 19, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. The defendant will remain in custody until he is turned over to the Oregon Department of Corrections pending sentencing. 

Scott Michael McNutt II Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison in Child Pornography Case (Photo) - 05/09/22

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On August 9, 2021, Scott Michael McNutt II, age 51, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case and argued the defendant should be sentenced to prison for his crimes. Instead, the court placed Mr. McNutt on probation for a period of five years. 

On May 6, 2022, the defendant was found to be in violation of his probation and was sentenced to 45 months in prison. 

The case originated in August of 2016 when law enforcement began investigating the defendant for downloading and sharing child pornography. Investigators used undercover software to download these images directly from the defendant’s computer. In March of 2017, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the defendant’s home. They found hundreds of videos depicting child pornography stored on Mr. McNutt’s computer. 

Several months after his conviction, Washington County Community Corrections personnel learned Mr. McNutt violated the terms of his probation when he consumed alcohol, accessed the internet, attended his child’s soccer practice in which minors were present, and viewed child pornography. On May 6th, 2022, Judge Andrew Erwin revoked the defendant’s probation and sentenced him to prison. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Corrections Department on this case. 

Mr. McNutt will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.