54-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing girls, aged 5 and 6, at unlicensed daycare
An Oregon man has been convicted of sexually abusing two girls attending an unlicensed day care operated by his wife
Last week, a 54-year-old man who ran an illegal daycare in northeast Salem, Oregon, was found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls at his facility.
In August last year, Marion County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Jeffrey Rauch at an unlicensed daycare being run from a residence on 4000 block of Ward Drive NE after an investigation into sexual assault claims. Rauch was accused of sexually abusing two girls, aged 5 and 6, according to court records.
The shocking case also resulted in sex abuse charges against Rauch's son, whose trial is still pending. The victims had been attending the daycare run by Rauch's wife for over 5 years.
On Wednesday, following a two-day bench trial, Marion County Judge Tracy Prall found Rauch guilty of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sodomy and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Rauch was found not guilty of one charge of first-degree sodomy.
The sexual offender had inappropriately touched the five-year-old, as revealed by her before a visit to the pediatrician, the mother said. According to the young girl, Rauch's son Brady also joined in on the abuse from time to time.
That said, both girls explained in detail during a forensic evaluation how they were sexually abused by Rauch on more than one occasion.
After the confession, Brady was arrested on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration - crimes identified as Measure 11 charges - resulting in his prosecution as an adult in criminal court despite being a minor at the time. His trial is scheduled for December 3.
On the other hand, Alice Rauch, Jeffrey's wife, was probed for operating an unlicensed daycare shortly after his arrest, according to the Oregon Department of Education's Early Learning Division. They revealed that she was taking care of more than three children without the mandatory license.
Officers noted in their report that they had to call the Salem Police Department before she would allow them into the residence to conduct an investigation. At the time, investigators threatened legal action against Rauch if she continued to operate as a daycare for more than three children, although they did not find any children in the home that day.
Brady Rauch's attorney, Manuel Perez, urged Judge Prall to try his client separately as the alleged crimes were committed by two different people, to which she agreed. Both father and son were previously scheduled to stand trial together on September 11. Perez asserted that as the evidence against his client was weaker than that against the father, standing trial together would "substantially prejudice" jurors against Brady.
Judge Prall ordered that Rauch be held without bail in the Marion County jail until his sentencing.
Measure 11 offenses like first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sodomy call for mandatory minimum prison sentences of eight years and four months in prison, according to the Statesman Journal.