Former Aloha foster parent serving prison sentence charged with new sex crimes


 

 

Former Aloha foster parent serving prison sentence charged with new sex crimes

A man serving a five-year prison sentence for sex crimes has been accused of sexually abusing four girls while they were staying at his Aloha foster home several years ago, the Washington County Sheriff's Office reported. And detectives believe there could be more victims.

James Coonrod, 63, who is serving his time at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, was first arrested on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in October 2010, said Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff's office spokesman. At the time, investigators believed the abuse, which involved another foster child, was an isolated incident, Ray said, and the sheriff's office did not release information about that arrest.

 Coonrod in February 2011 pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree sexual abuse, according to court records.

Since last August, four additional girls told detectives that Coonrod either raped or sexually abused them at the foster home, Ray said. Between 1994 and 2009, Coonrod and his wife, Ray said, operated a foster home, located in the 17000 block of Southwest Hurrell Lane near Beaverton. During that time, dozens of children reportedly lived at the home.

 Ray said investigators believe the abuse occurred at the foster home between 1994 and 2007, when the girls were 4 to 8 years old.

 A Washington County grand jury last month indicted Coonrod on three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, Ray said. Coonrod has not yet been arraigned on the charges. All of the offenses are Measure 11 crimes that have mandatory minimum sentences that range from more than six years to more than eight years in prison.