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Man charged with first-degree rape following heart medication overdose

News Editor
   Feb. 6, 2002 -- A Jefferson County man facing first-degree rape and a lesser unlawful sex-related crime has pleaded not guilty to the charges in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
   Clarence Frederick Jefferson Jr., 55, was arrested on the evening of Jan. 27 by Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies after he was pulled over in a traffic stop while returning from St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
   Sheriff's deputies made contact with Jefferson earlier that day, while responding to a reported medical overdose and domestic dispute around 5:30 a.m. at Jefferson's home in Deschutes River Trailer Court.
   At his home, 7228 N.W. Highway 26, Space 3, Jefferson's alleged victim told deputies she had been raped, a sheriff's report said. According to the probable cause affidavit, Jefferson was transferred initially to Mountain View Hospital after revealing to law enforcement personnel he had taken an excess amount of heart medication to "bring his blood pressure down."
   Sheriff's deputies, with the assistance of Warm Springs police, located evidence linking Jefferson to the crimes on Mecca Flats Road 1.4 miles north of his home while he was being treated at both Mountain View Hospital and St. Charles in Bend.
   Upon re-entering the county, sheriff's deputies booked Jefferson on first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, second-degree kidnapping and a lesser unlawful sex-related charge.
   A grand jury, however, threw out the sodomy and kidnapping charges when it delivered its indictment on Jan. 31.
   Jefferson is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $100,000 bail.
   Jefferson's next court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Feb. 14. He is being represented by court-appointed attorney Roger DeHoog.