Well it only took 42 years, but today for the first time since Oregon's criminal code was revised in 1971, we now have a legal definition for the term "does not consent" in the context of a prosecution for the crime of sexual abuse in the second degree.
Sex crime cases are especially delicate but if the sexual abuse involves a disabled person, it is even more heinous. In Portland, Oregon, a 32-year-old college student is being accused and named in a sex crime lawsuit. The victim, a developmentally disabled co-worker, claims that the man offered her a ride to work and then raped her in the back of his van.
In May 2011, a teenage girl prepared for her first prom at her Oregon high school. After the prom, the girl went to a party with her friends. The party boasted underage drinking and drug use. The teenage girl participated. She said that she was separated from her group and ended up with a boy three years her senior.
On Wednesday, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that Jeff Keuhner did not have to pay $7,808.34 to the Medford police department to reimburse the cost of overtime pay to police for guarding him while he lay in the hospital recovering from stab wounds he inflicted upon himself while he was being arrested in the course of committing a violent sexual assault.
Already accused of sexually abusing several girls between 2005 and 2009, a Portland now faces additional allegations that he abused another victim, perhaps as far back as 1997. The 36-year-old man was indicted back in March on 11 counts of first-degree sex abuse; two counts of second-degree rape; one count of second-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse.
A Coquille man who had been charged with raping his wife has been found not guilty after a two-day trial. His wife had accused him of raping her after a night of heavy drinking back in March, leading to his arrest and charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree unlawful penetration.
A Southeast Portland man was recently accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl from Milwaukee over 20 years ago, back when he was 19 years old. He has specifically been charged with three counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and six counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
Since 1975, Oregon law has provided that the sexual history of a rape victim may not be subject to public review in prosecution of a rape case. The law provides that courts may hold private hearings to determine if a victim's past sexual behavior is admissible as evidence.