Jefferson County deputies arrest two men on sex crime charges

One involved alleged rape, kidnap and incest; other abuse of teen girl

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MADRAS – Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday announced the arrest of two men on unrelated allegations of recent sex crimes – one involving the alleged abduction and rape of an adult family member, the other alleging abuse of a 15-year-old girl.

Around 5:30 Sunday morning, deputies were dispatched to a mobile home in the Deschutes River Trailer Court, along Highway 26 near Warm Springs, concerning a domestic disturbance and possible rape, said sheriff’s Capt. Greg Partin.

During the initial investigation, the alleged suspect, Clarence Fredrick Jefferson Jr., was taken by ambulance to Mountain View Hospital with a possible medication overdose, Partin said. The suspect later was transferred to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

With the aid of Warm Springs police, deputies located a possible crime scene on Mecca Flats Road, about a mile and a half from the Rainbow market, Partin said. After interviewing the 36-year-old female victim and other witnesses, Jefferson was taken into custody at the sheriff’s office Sunday evening.

Partin said deputies pulled over Jefferson’s vehicle near Madras as he headed home from the Bend hospital. After an interview at the sheriff’s office, he was charged with one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, incest and kidnap. He remained lodged in the county jail in Madras Tuesday on $100,000 bail, Partin said.

In a separate case, the sheriff’s office on Jan. 15 received a report of sexual abuse from a 15-year-old female victim. After an investigation by Detective Starla Green, Miguel Torres-Reynoso Sr., 38, of Madras, was arrested on five counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of attempted rape.

The alleged incidents occurred on Jan. 14 and 15 on Canyon Road and at Torres-Reynoso’s residence, both near Madras. Torres remained in custody Tuesday at the county jail in Madras, held on $300,000 bail.

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