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Police arrest suspect in year-old assault, sex abuse case

Incident happened June 25, 2007, in a Meadows Road office elevator
by: Lake Oswego Police Department, William Charles Ryan, 64

Police believe they may have solved the mystery of who attacked a woman in a Lake Oswego office building more than a year ago. They arrested William Charles Ryan, 64, in connection with the assault June 25.

Ryan is charged with one count each of first- and third-degree sex abuse. He is also charged with fourth-degree assault. He is currently being held at the Clackamas County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Ryan is accused of assaulting a 32-year-old woman while she waited for an elevator in an office building at 5800 Meadows Road April 16, 2007. He allegedly grabbed the woman from behind, grabbed her crotch and made a comment about taking her down the elevator to 'finish' the assault.

The woman escaped her attacker by yelling and becoming verbally aggressive, according to police. She dialed 9-1-1 on her cell phone and followed the man as he tried to leave the building, police said.

Once he realized he was being followed, the assailant allegedly walked back into the building, grabbed the woman a third time and threw her backwards into a wall. Several witnesses heard the crash, which injured the victim.

Police are not saying what led them to suspect Ryan in the crime.

'It's been a long investigation, a long time and we identified our suspect in December of last year,' said Don Forman, captain of the Lake Oswego Police Department.

'The details of the investigation were submitted to a grand jury, who issued an indictment for these crimes,' said Forman. 'I don't want to talk about the details of the proof of the case, it would not really be appropriate, but we certainly do want our community to know … that we identified the person we believe responsible and he was indicted.'