Man known as Seven Stars found guilty of second-degree sodomy
A Washington County jury has convicted a local man of second-degree sodomy after prosecutors claimed he assaulted a woman in a park several years ago.
Seven Stars, also known as Lorenzo Eric Gonzalez, was found guilty on Nov. 19, the Washington County District Attorney's Office announced Nov. 26.
The case originated as an online harassment complaint and led detectives to investigate an assault that occurred at Rosa Park in Aloha more than a year earlier.
According to prosecutors, a young woman called the Medford Police Department in December 2017 and told investigators that Stars was harassing her on social media.
During the investigation, the woman told detectives Stars had sexually assaulted her in Rosa Park before she moved to Medford, and that she hadn't seen Stars since that time. She was under 14-years-old at the time of the assault, according to court records.
"The messages included lewd photos and videos of the defendant as well as taunts regarding the sexual assault," read a statement from the Washington County District Attorney's Office. "The victim repeatedly told the defendant to stop contacting her."
The case was referred to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The victim told authorities she only knew the man by the name Seven Stars, and detectives had to scour Stars' multiple social media accounts to identify him.
"They eventually used information posted to these accounts as well as law enforcement databases to identify the suspect as Lorenzo Eric Gonzalez and arrested him," the statement said.
Stars denied the allegations, claiming, in part, that he was not Seven Stars, prosecutors said. But during his trial, Deputy District Attorney Rayney Meisel showed the jury a name-change petition Stars filed while awaiting trial, to legally change his name from Lorenzo Eric Gonzalez to Seven Stars, the statement said.
A sentencing hearing for Stars is set for Dec. 11.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the name of the park where the assault occurred.
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