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Sheriff's office arrests three in rape, abuse cases


   Over the last several months, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and other local agencies have been busy investigating numerous sex abuse allegations, according to Detective Starla Green.
   The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted the arrest of Juan Carlos Garcia, 39, of Madras, on May 31. Following an investigation that began in March, he was arrested for six counts of first-degree rape, two counts each of second-degree and third-degree rape, and one count of attempted first-degree sodomy.
   "Mr. Garcia has been a longtime resident of Jefferson County, and lived and worked here when he began sexually abusing a minor female subject," said Green. "The investigation began when the victim became an adult and was concerned about the safety of other minor females associated to Garcia and reported her abuse."
   After Garcia's arrest, he was arraigned in the Jefferson County Circuit Court June 1, and housed in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, where he currently remains.
   On June 19, Seth Ray Aaron Roba, 21, of Redmond, was arrested by Redmond Police Department detectives for an outstanding felony warrant for nine sex abuse-related charges out of Jefferson County.
   "The investigation began earlier in the year regarding Roba engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor female while in Jefferson County," noted Green. "Mr. Roba was indicted by the grand jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest because the detectives in the case had information that Mr. Roba had left the state of Oregon for a period of time."
   With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Team and the Redmond Police Department, Roba was located and arrested in Redmond and later transported to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
   He is currently lodged in the JCCF on the charges of second-degree rape, sodomy and sex abuse, and third-degree sex abuse.
   "These cases take a lot of man hours and are very sensitive to the victims and their families, as well as the suspect's families," said Green.
   "When the arrests are made, there is a large impact made on families and the community," she said. "We work long hours to make our community safer for our children."
   On March 18, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office started another investigation into accusations against Ernesto Torres, 32, of Madras.
   On May 24, a warrant was issued for his arrest following a grand jury indictment for first-degree sodomy and sex abuse, and unlawful sexual penetration. His victim was a minor female child.
   Torres turned himself in at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on May 30.
   If anyone has any additional information regarding this cases or individuals, notify Detective Starla Green at 541-475-6520 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-877-876-TIPS.