Jury convicts former Oregon cop accused of sexually abusing young girl with a pencil
A jury convicted a former Oregon police officer in the rape of a 5-year-old girl at his home.
Christopher Warren was found guilty Friday of first-degree child rape after the victim, now 6, testified that the former Beaverton police officer inserted a pencil in her genital area.
The girl told jurors the assault felt “kind of weird, and it hurt for a second,” reported The Columbian.
Defense attorneys argued that Warren’s ex-wife coached the girl after he decided to file for divorce and pursue a relationship with another woman.
The sex abuse claims were made about the same time he became engaged to the other woman, attorney Louis Byrd Jr. told reporters.
“Just when your enemy is about to reap the reward of the pain he has inflicted on you — a new wife, a new family — that’s when you extract the planned revenge,” Byrd said Thursday during closing arguments. “That’s exactly what happened here. Christopher Warren is innocent.”
A physician testified that she found no injuries when she examined the girl six weeks after the allegations were made, but the girl told her she experienced pain when she urinated once.
But prosecutors said there was no evidence that the claims were made as revenge, and they pointed out that the girl’s story had remained consistent.
Jurors deliberated for 6 ½ hours before returning with a guilty verdict.
Warren was fired twice from the Beaverton police department.
He was fired first in 2011 when an internal investigation found he lied two years earlier during a criminal probe into claims that he sexually abused a minor when he was 17 years old.
Police found probable cause to prosecute Warren, but the victim declined to cooperate.
Those allegations were not admitted into testimony during the latest trial.
Warren was eventually reinstated but fired again in August 2013 after he was indicted on welfare fraud charges and convicted earlier this year of unlawfully obtaining food stamps and first-degree theft.