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Police seek assistance in locating Margarito Sanchez Vega, who was scheduled to go trial last week for raping and abusing 10-year old in 2009

A Woodburn man who was arrested in 2016 for the rape and abuse of a 10-year old is wanted by Woodburn Police after failing to show for his trial on Sept. 20.

Forty six-year old Margarito Sanchez Vega was scheduled to appear in Marion County Circuit Court last week for the trial by jury on counts of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sexual abuse.

COURTESY WOODBURN POLICE - Margarito Sanchez-VegaThe charges stem from an alleged rape and abuse of a 10-year old girl in 2009, which was reported in 2014, leading to a two-year investigation that resulted in Sanchez-Vega's arrest in 2016.

Sanchez-Vega was released from custody four days after his arrest and ordered to have no contact with the victim and appear at all scheduled court appearances. Sanchez-Vega had complied with the order until he failed to appear for his trial, prompting Marion County Circuit Court to issue a warrant for his arrest and attorneys Robert Cleland and Robert Sepp to withdraw from representing Sanchez-Vega on Friday.

Woodburn police are now in search of Sanchez-Vega and are seeking public help in finding him. He is described as 5-foot-3 and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Sanchez-Vega's location is asked to contact the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345.

Phil Hawkins can be reached at 503-765-1194 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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