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Deviney admits to rape, sex crimes

Allegedly nabbed California girl in 2015
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 1, 2017 5:44PM

Last changed on August 2, 2017 8:48AM

Russell Wayne Deviney attends a hearing last year at Clatsop County Circuit Court in Astoria.

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Russell Wayne Deviney attends a hearing last year at Clatsop County Circuit Court in Astoria.

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The man accused of kidnapping a California girl and leaving her in a car in Astoria in 2015 pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree rape and other sex charges.

Russell Wayne Deviney, 50, of Everett, Washington, also pleaded guilty to first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sodomy and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct after reaching an agreement with the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office.

The plea agreement includes a presumed sentence ranging from more than eight years to more than 33 years in prison. Clatsop County Circuit Court Judge Dawn McIntosh is scheduled to sentence Deviney next week.

Deviney allegedly nabbed the 15-year-old girl in Sanger, California, in May 2015. The girl allegedly left her house in the middle of the night and entered a 2004 Nissan pickup driven by Deviney, who had posed as an 18-year-old man named James Russell and communicated with her on Instagram.

He then allegedly drove the girl north without letting her leave the car. Along the way, he raped her at a rest stop somewhere in Oregon and took pictures of her performing sex acts. After being contacted by police, Deviney parked the truck at McDonald’s in Astoria and fled. Police located him south of Cannon Beach a couple of days later.

When Deviney subtly, but repeatedly, shook his head and rolled his eyes Tuesday afternoon before pleading guilty to the four charges, it marked the end of a more than two-year legal battle. Deviney originally was also charged with first-degree kidnapping, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and second counts of the four charges for which he pleaded guilty.

Requests for text messages on Deviney’s phone and video surveillance from a Walmart in Salem were among the factors that led to numerous motions — and delays — in the case.

Federal prosecutors, who were considering charges because of the FBI’s involvement in the investigation, have agreed not to pursue further charges.



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