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Trial delayed in rape case

Grandson of famous author will be tried in June
by: Courtesy of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Skylar Auel

The grandson of a novelist famous for her depiction of rape is facing trial for raping a girl in the Stafford Basin.

Skylar Auel, 19, was set to be tried Tuesday on charges he raped and sexually abused a 17-year-old girl at a party at his home at 22727 S.W. Stafford Road on March 18, 2006.

Auel's defense attorney Stephen Houze instead asked for a continuance while talks about a plea bargain move forward. The new trial date will be at 9 a.m. June 19.

Auel is also charged with assaulting two juvenile males at the party and distributing alcohol to the three alleged victims, all minors.

Auel is the grandson of novelist Jean Auel, author of the "The Clan of the Cave Bear," a novel chronicling the life of an oppressed Cro-Magnon girl who is repeatedly raped and beaten by the would-be leader of a Neanderthal clan.

Altogether, Jean Auel has written five stories, including "The Clan of the Cave Bear," in her Earth Children series; a sixth book is forthcoming.

Jean Auel is a long-time supporter for the Clackamas Women's Services, which works to end domestic and sexual violence against women and children. Jean Auel also supports Metropolitan Family Services in Portland, which aids people challenged by cultural and economic disparities.

Houze declined to comment on the pending case or the relationship between the charges and Jean Auel's literary legacy.

If convicted of first-degree rape, the six-foot, 260-pound Auel would serve 100 months or just over eight years in prison for the Measure 11 crime.

According to a search warrant in the case, the alleged victim told detectives Auel raped her in a bedroom in his house after she became drunk and vomited at a party in a shack outside the home.

The alleged victim said she used the bathroom to clean up after vomiting and was shown to the bedroom by Auel after she complained to him that she was drunk.

The victim told detectives she fell asleep fully clothed in the bedroom and awoke to Auel touching her legs, pulling her tights and underwear off, and then raping her.

According to the search warrant, witnesses said Auel told them he didn't know where the girl was when she went missing from the party. They also stated they saw the girl crying on a bed after entering the house and saw Auel emerge from the room buttoning his pants.

The girl was taken to Meridian Park Hospital by her mother, where physical evidence of the alleged rape was collected.

Investigators, acting on the search warrant, seized swabs from Auel's mouth and also sought the girl's clothing and jewelry from his home in April 2006.

Auel was indicted by a grand jury the following September.

A trial in the case was originally scheduled for November 2006 in Clackamas County Circuit Court but was postponed.

Scott Healy, deputy district attorney for Clackamas County, said the case is not likely to be continued again.

While awaiting trial, Auel attends Portland Community College and lives with

his parents in the family's Stafford Road home. He is not allowed contact with juveniles or with his victims and is prohibited from using drugs or alcohol by the terms of his release agreement.