Newberg man faces multiple Measure 11 charges
A Newberg man resides in the Yamhill County jail after his arrest last month on charges he sexually abused a young girl over a two-year period in 2013.
Jason Andrew Nasmyth, 36, of Fircrest Drive in Newberg, was arrested on Sept. 24 after a Yamhill County grand jury returned multiple charges against him on the allegations. Nasmyth was an inmate at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton and was ordered to be transported to McMinnville by Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge John Collins.
Nasmyth was arraigned on Oct. 11 and appointed counsel, McMinnville attorney Scott Hodges. A judge also ordered that sheriff's deputies apply restraints to Nasmyth whenever he appears in court, citing a potential flight risk. He will next appear in court on Wednesday (Oct. 16) in Collins' courtroom. He has also been scheduled for a plea hearing on Oct. 24.
According to the indictment handed down by the grand jury, Nasmyth is charged with four counts of first-degree rape, seven counts of first-degree sodomy, five counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse. All the charges are Measure 11 offenses that carry with them stiff mandatory minimum sentences should the defendant be found guilty, ranging form eight years and four months for the rape, sodomy and unlawful sexual penetration charges to six years and three months for the sexual abuse charge. If found guilty on all charges, a judge will determine whether the sentences will run consecutively or concurrently.
According to the indictment, Nasmyth's first infraction came in May 2011 and continued through June 2013, where he "did unlawfully and knowingly engage in sexual intercourse with … a child under 12 years of age, while in a playroom (or living room)."
The indictment lists 19 occasions over the more than two-year period that Nasmyth allegedly abused the girl, all within the confines of an unidentified home in the Newberg area. The indictment treats each instance as a separate crime.
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