Newberg man faces allegations he sexually abused children
A pair of victims have come forward to accuse a Newberg man of sexually abusing them in incidents decades apart, but similar in nature.
Robert James Davis was arrested April 6 and charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse, as well as strangulation. He was arraigned on April 9 in Yamhill County Circuit Court, where Judge Donald Letourneau assigned McMinnville attorney Abraham Hanson as his counsel. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kate Lynch and a grand jury handed down an indictment against him on Thursday, adding a charge of attempted first-degree sexual abuse. Davis is housed in the Yamhill County jail on $500,000 security.
The charges stem from allegations made by two victims, one now in his late 20s and one now 14. According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Detective Jay Stearns of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Davis began sexually abusing the first victim, then a 6-year-old boy, in January 1996 at his home in Newberg. The alleged abuse continued for about a year while the boywas living in Davis' home while the boy's relative dated him.
The affidavit says Davis, 50, compelled the boy to have sexual contact with him on multiple occasions over the course of a year.
The second victim, a 9-year-old girl at the time, told police Davis sexually abused her over the course of a year beginning in January 2013 at an unknown address in Newberg. The girl alleged that Davis also subjected her to strangulation numerous times from May 2013 to May 2014.
This is not Davis' first run-in with the law. Court records indicate he has been arrested on numerous occasions over the course of the past three decades, starting with a case of fourth-degree assault that was dismissed in 1989. He pled guilty to one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants in 1997 in exchange for dropping a second count of DUII, failure to perform the duties of a driver and second-degree criminal mischief. He was sentenced to two years of probation, 48 hours of community service and ordered to pay a variety of assessments and fees.
In 2009, Davis pled guilty to second-degree disorderly conduct and received 12 months of probation and was ordered to pay assessments, restitution and attorney fees.
A year later in 2010, he pled guilty to fourth-degree assault again in exchange for the prosecution dropping charges of harassment and second-degree criminal mischief. He was ordered to pay restitution to the victim of the assault, his wife, served jail time, received probation and paid a number of fees and assessments.
First-degree sexual abuse is a Measure 11 crime that, if convicted, could send the defendant to prison for 75 months on each count.
According to a press release from the NDPD, detectives believe there are additional victims and continue to investigate the case. The department asks that anyone with information regarding Davis call Detective Jay Stearns at 503-537-8039 or Sgt. Eric Ronning at 503-537-1226.