Saturday, January 25, 2014
A Hood River man is facing two felony and three misdemeanor charges after allegedly raping an underage girl in Hood River County Jan. 19.
John Gale McCafferty, 42, was arraigned before Judge John Olson in Hood River County Circuit Court Thursday morning on felony charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse as well as misdemeanor charges of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, third-degree sexual abuse, and fourth-degree assault.
McCafferty is accused of having sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 18 by “forcible compulsion,” as well as causing physical injury to the victim during the act. The state defines “forcible compulsion” as either the use of “physical force” or “a threat, express or implied, that places a person in fear of immediate or future death or physical injury to self or another person” as well as “fear that the person or another person will immediately or in the future be kidnapped.”
Brian Starns of the Hood River law firm Morris, Smith, Starns, Raschio & Sullivan was appointed as McCafferty’s attorney. McCafferty told the court his income was less than $2,000 a month and was comprised of “Social Security Disability.”
Olson offered Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen the option to read the probable cause statement — which gives specific details about the alleged incident — off the record. Rasmussen deferred to Starns, who silently read the probable cause affidavit, which he noted was filled out “apparently by [Detective] Mike Martin of the Hood River Police Department.” Starns waived “any recitation on the record” of the probable cause affidavit.
While Starns was silently reading the affidavit, McCafferty could be heard saying, “Yeah, this is all just crazy,” before Olson interrupted him.
“Hold on a second, Mr. McCafferty, hold on,” Olson said. “Your lawyer is reading something and I’m sure he doesn’t want you talking, given how serious these charges are and that we’re recording.”
“Okay, sorry,” McCafferty replied.
Rasmussen requested McCafferty be held on $6,000 cash bail and have no contact with the named victim in the case as well as any children under the age of 18.
“What about my own children?” McCafferty asked.
“I’m going to place a no-contact order with all children, but we can revisit that later, Mr. McCafferty,” Olson replied.
McCafferty’s next court date is scheduled for Feb. 5. If convicted, McCafferty faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 100 months in prison for the rape charge and 75 months for the first-degree sexual abuse charge.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge