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Accused rapist out on forced release

Of the Keizertimes

Joseph Myers

A 20-year-old Keizer man accused of 12 counts of raping three juvenile victims was released from the Marion County Correctional Facility five days after his arrest.

Joseph Myers, of 4050 Gary Street N.E., was arrested on Aug. 15 on suspicions of engaging in intimate relationships with multiple juvenile females between the ages of 14-15. Some of the girls were runaways.

Police officials said Myers supplied the girls with marijuana and a place to stay at his home.

Myers was originally charged with multiple counts of rape, sex abuse, sodomy, delivery of marijuana to a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His bail was set at $530,000.

Since his arrest, Myers was arraigned on 12 counts of third-degree rape, one count of third-degree sodomy, and three counts of unlawful delivery of marijuana to a minor. Myers has been ordered to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 27 as a condition of his release and he is not to have contact with his victims.

Suspects are released from the Marion County jail most often due to overcrowding. A risk-assessment tool, essentially a computer algorithm, weighs several factors and projects the risk of a future conviction. Myers rated fairly high (58 percent) on the possibility of a future arrest, but other suspects arrested in recent days scored even higher.

Keizer Police Department detectives believe Myers has been engaging in similar activity for the past several years and there may be more victims. Anyone with information on unidentified victims is encouraged to come forward and contact Det. Arsen Avetisyan at 503-856-3514.