Auel plea bargains, may get probation
LAKE OSWEGO - Skylar Auel - the grandson of internationally renowned novelist Jean Auel - pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges he sexually abused a teen girl at a party in his Stafford Basin home.
Auel, 19, was scheduled for trial Tuesday but reached a last-minute agreement with prosecutors. He was found guilty of one count of second-degree sexual abuse, which is considered a felony.
He also pleaded no contest to assaulting two juvenile males at the same party, held March 18, 2006, in the 22000 block of S.W. Stafford Road. Both fourth-degree charges are misdemeanors.
In exchange for Auel's plea, the other charges against him - one count of rape and two counts of furnishing liquor to a minor - are scheduled to be dismissed when he is sentenced in Clackamas County Circuit Court Friday.
Portland attorney Stephen Houze - who also defended Lake Oswego woman Cory Sause and other high-profile clients -represents Auel.
If convicted of second-degree sexual abuse, the six-foot, 260-pound Auel could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $125,000 fine.
However, Scott Healy, deputy district attorney for Clackamas County, said Auel probably won't go to prison.
Because of the sentencing guidelines and his clear criminal record, Auel will most likely face a probationary sentence that could include three to five years of formal probation or a maximum of 90 days in the Clackamas County Jail, Healy said.
Auel would also be required to register as a sex offender in Oregon.
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.
The alleged victim said Auel showed her to the bedroom 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.
The girl was taken to a hospital by her mother, where physical evidence of the alleged rape was collected.
A trial in the case was originally scheduled for November 2006 in Clackamas County Circuit Court but was postponed several times.
Auel attended Lakeridge High School until April 2005, when he withdrew during his junior year.
He now attends Portland Community College and lives at home with his family. 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.