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A Washington County jury ruled that Joel Beltran-Casillas is guilty of rape and other charges.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Joel Beltran-CasillasA Hillsboro resident was convicted Feb. 13 of multiple sex crimes, including rape, stemming from a 2018 case investigated by Forest Grove police.

Joel Beltran-Casillas will face up to 32 years in prison for assaulting the victim, whom prosecutors say reported the abuse in a text message to 9-1-1 in September 2018. The victim, whom court records indicate was under 16 at the time, was hospitalized following the rape, the Washington County District Attorney's Office said. Forest Grove police responded to the scene. The Oregon State Police examined DNA evidence.

Beltran-Casillas was indicted in February 2019 on charges including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, and second- and third-degree sexual abuse.

On Feb. 13, a Washington County jury declared Beltran-Casillas guilty of four of the six charges, including rape and sexual abuse. According to court documents, his conviction for second-degree sexual abuse was not unanimous, with one juror voting to acquit.

Oregon is the only state that allows non-unanimous jury convictions for most felony charges.

Beltran-Casillas next faces sentencing in Washington County Circuit Court. A hearing before Washington County Circuit Judge Janelle Wipper has been set for March 31.


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