St. Helens man faces additional indictment
A St. Helens man in custody since November and awaiting trial on a suspected kidnapping, attempting to commit a felony and unlawful use of a weapon charges was recently also indicted for several separate offenses of sexual abuse from an unrelated case.
Tristin Clay Litts, 21, of St. Helens, was arrested last year on a multitude of charges including first-degree kidnapping and attempt to commit a felony. Court records indicate a grand jury indicted Litts on Aug. 6 on seven charges of sexual abuse in the second degree after he allegedly subjected a person who was identified only by initials in court records to sexual intercourse and other sexual acts without consent sometime between Oct. 14 and Nov. 14, just prior to his arrest last year on Nov. 14.
When he was arrested, law enforcement said Litts had solicited house-sitting and cleaning services online. When a woman responded to the request, Litts allegedly pulled her into the bushes, held a knife to her throat and threatened to sexually assault her.
The victim was able to get away and call 911.
Since his arrest, Litts has remained in custody at the Columbia County Jail. His bail on the kidnapping and sexual abuse charges was set at $20,000. He is scheduled for a trial in October on those charges.
Following the most recent indictment, the court has set his bail at $96,250 on the new charges.
Court records indicate, at this time, the two indictments are being tried separately.
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