Legal Matters: Arrests made

March 2023 Posted in News

New charges in sex abuse case

A Silverton man is facing new charges of possession of child pornography as he prepares to stand trail for alleged sexual abuse in July.

Jaiden Ethan Davis, 23, was charged in Marion County Circuit Court Feb. 3 with 10 counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse, with each carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

He is set to stand trial July 17 on charges of first-degree sodomy, luring a minor and two counts of third degree sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty. If convicted he faces at least 100 months in prison.

Davis was first arrested Oct. 15, 2020, after allegedly abusing three male victims between June and September of 2019. One incident alleges forced sexual contact while the victim was physically incapacitated.  

Man arrested for alleged abuse of teen

A Silverton man has been accused of sexually abusing a local teen and recording the alleged assaults.

Eli Freedom Fischer, 46, has been charged in Marion County Circuit Court with four counts each of second-degree sexual abuse and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

He allegedly abused the victim, 16, in at least four separate incidents during December of 2022. Court records did not describe Fischer’s relationship to the victim.

If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison. He was released on his own recognizance Jan. 29 with orders to appear in court and to have no contact with the victim.

Mount Angel man faces felony DUII charges

A Mount Angel man has been charged with felony DUII after his third DUII arrest in the last decade. If found guilty it could result in up to five years in prison.

Austin James Berning, 27, was charged Jan. 19 in Marion County Circuit Court with DUII, reckless endangering and reckless driving for an alleged drunk driving incident Dec. 19, 2022. Prosecutors claim he directly endangered the safety of a local woman.

Berning was first convicted of misdemeanor DUII in Clackamas County in 2015. He was convicted a second time in Marion County in 2016. Under Oregon law, an arrest for DUII after at least two prior convictions within ten years is charged as a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison. It could also result in a lifetime driver’s license suspension.

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