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Aloha rapist sentenced to 56 years after conviction

Rico-OrtizAn Aloha man convicted of kidnapping and raping two women in 2015 will spend more than 50 years behind bars, a Washington County judge ruled this week.

Jose Omar Ortiz-Rico was sentenced to 56 years in prison on Wednesday, Sept. 14, after a judge convicted him of 15 first-degree felony counts of rape, sexual abuse, kidnapping and sodomy.

Ortiz-Rico was arrested in 2015 for allegedly attacking two women in April and May, 2015.

According to court documents, Ortiz-Rico waived his right to a trial by jury, requesting instead for Washington County Circuit Court Judge Janelle Wipper to determine his guilt or innocence. Ortiz-Rico was found guilty last month on all 15 charges.

Prosecutors alleged that Ortiz-Rico met a female acquaintance in Hillsboro in April 2015. She had agreed to help him move, but instead he drove her to a field in Aloha where he assaulted her for eight hours.

A month later, prosecutors said, Ortiz-Rico met a woman online who was looking to rent a room in Vancouver, Wash. Instead, Ortiz-Rico drove her to Oregon where he raped her in his car. The woman eventually escaped and ran to a Beaverton gas station to call for help.

It took more than a year to bring Ortiz-Rico’s case to trial. Ortiz-Rico’s attorney’s requested two separate competency hearings to determine whether their client was fit to stand trial.

Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Ray, a spokesman with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, told the Tribune's news partner KOIN 6 News after Ortiz-Rico’s arrest that the case was difficult, and that it wasn’t until the second attack that investigators were able to bring charges against him.

“We didn’t have good definitive information (after the first attack),” he said. “It was a very convoluted case. But after the second one we had very good information. We had a good idea who he was and that was reported to another police agency and we got it on the 27th and our detectives immediately began surveillance.”