Judge sets bail at $2.5 million
MILTON-FREEWATER — Jeffrey Allen Pierce of Milton-Freewater pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to 50 counts of sex crimes.
The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office alleged Pierce committed the crimes against one girl.
Milton-Freewater Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer in a written statement reported his officers arrested Pierce, 40, on a warrant Wednesday stemming from a Umatilla County grand jury indictment.
The grand jury found the abuse began in 2008 when the girl was younger than 12 and continued through 2013, according to the 13-page indictment, which lists four counts of second-degree sodomy, 22 of first-degree sodomy, and 24 of first-degree sexual abuse. All the charges are felonies under Oregon’s Measure 11 and carry mandatory minimum sentences upon conviction.
Boedigheimer stated Pierce’s arrest culminated a complex and lengthy investigation involving Milton-Freewater police, the Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division and the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office.
Circuit Judge Jon Lieuallen of Pendleton set bail for Pierce at $2.5 million. Pierce’s next court appearance is Oct. 27.
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