Colton student accused of sex crimes to make plea soon
Colton High School student Chayse Teach, 18, who is accused of seven counts of sexual abuse and one count of rape of a minor female, made an appearance in court on Wednesday, Aug. 22 and is expected to appear for a final hearing in September.
Teach was arrested on Dec. 11, 2017 on the eight felony charges above, with bail set at $250,000, jail records show. He has been held in Clackamas County Jail since then, now having served more than eight months.
Canby Police had been investigating the case, and Canby Police officer Nathan Wallbaum testified before the grand jury, along with other witnesses, according to the indictment.
At the sparsely attended plea hearing Aug. 22, Teach attended—cuffed and chained—alongside his privately retained criminal defense attorney Jon Henricksen, of Gladstone.
Deputy District Attorney Lewis Burkhart quickly asked the judge to meet again in a few weeks.
"We haven't come to an agreement yet," Burkhart said in court. "We're still working on that."
Originally, a 12-person jury trial was set for February 2018, but that was postponed and Teach waived his right to a speedy trial, court records show. The jury trial was then set to begin July 10, but was canceled as Teach was expected to change his plea from not guilty, per court records and Burkhart.
No plea change has been made yet though, Burkhart said.
With the postponement, another plea hearing is set for Sept. 12.