Man awaits sentencing after conviction on multiple sex crimes
A man awaits sentencing after a Washington County jury convicted him of multiple sex crimes in a Beaverton case.
Mauricio Ambriz-Arguello was found guilty Jan. 31 of three counts of first-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, and four counts of first-degree sex abuse. Judge Charles Bailey has scheduled sentencing Feb. 12 in circuit court.
All the crimes carry mandatory minimum prison time under Oregon law.
Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case with help from Beaverton police officer Mark Kirlin, CARES Northwest and a cooperating victim. CARES (Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Service) is based in Portland.
The abuse began when the victim was age 6 and continued into her teenage years. She reported the abuse to a close family member at least once, but was pressured to recant the allegations, and the abuse continued for years after the initial report.
According to the district attorney's office, the victim became suicidal and attempted to take her own life. A different family member learned about it, the victim disclosed the abuse she suffered, and the family member encouraged her to speak with a school counselor. After they met, the counselor informed police, who began their own investigation.
The victim spoke with CARES Northwest staff, and Ambriz-Arguello spoke with Beaverton Police through an interpreter. He admitted to inappropriate touching but denied all other allegations against him.
He remained in Washington County Jail pending sentencing.
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