$1 million bail for Deviney

Russell Deviney appears via video link for an arraignment at the Clatsop County Courthouse Friday.

Bail was set at $1 million Friday for Russell Wayne Deviney, the Everett, Wash., man accused of kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old California girl.

Deviney, 48, who was captured Thursday just outside Cannon Beach, appeared in Clatsop County Circuit Court via video link from Clatsop County Jail.

He is being charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.

A nationwide felony warrant had been issued out of Clatsop County Circuit Court for his arrest.

“The allegations are he kidnapped and sexually abused a 15-year-old girl from California,” Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis said in court.

Deviney’s bail was initially set a $500,000. However, Marquis said he was concerned Deviney would be able to post the required 10 percent amount of $50,000.

“We learned a little bit more about his background. He has assets that might not make the ($500,000 bail) a deterrent,’ Marquis said.

Judge Paula Brownhill appointed defense lawyer James von Boeckmann to represent Deviney, and ordered Deviney to have no contact with the victim.

An arraignment on a grand jury’s indictment is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Friday.

Cannon Beach Police and FBI agents found Deviney behind a locked gate in a privately owned wooded area south of Cannon Beach after a passer-by reported seeing him and called Cannon Beach Police.

When Deviney was asked his name, he simply said, “I’m the guy you’re looking for.”

Deviney allegedly kidnapped the girl Saturday in Sanger, Calif. He left the girl and his 2004 Nissan Pickup at McDonald’s in Astoria Monday evening.

The girl was later reunited with her family, who drove up from their home in Sanger. Police said she is in good health.

Deviney allegedly sexually assaulted the girl at a rest area, where a sign read “History of Oregon,” according to court documents.

He has no local ties to Clatsop County and there is no indication Astoria was his intended destination, according to Astoria Police. The charges against Deviney claim the alleged crimes occurred in Clatsop County. The kidnapping charge claims he took the victim “from one place to another, with the purpose of furthering the commission and/or attempted commission of rape in the first degree.”

Marquis said other jurisdictions could also charge Deviney.

“He could be prosecuted in several places,” Marquis said. “At the moment, we are operating off the allegations that this happened in Clatsop County.”


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