A Hammond man who authorities arrested last October on sex abuse crimes, but who was later released from Clatsop County Jail after posting bail, is facing another crop of charges in Eastern Oregon.

Arrested Saturday, Russell Allen Baughman Jr., 42, was extradited to Umatilla County Tuesday, where he faces 66 counts of crimes related to the sexual abuse of two female minors. He was booked into the Umatilla County Jail Wednesday, after first stopping in Salem.

He is being held on $3 million bail.

When he was arrested over the weekend, Baughman was out of jail on bail and awaiting a July trial in Clatsop County Circuit Court on multiple counts of sexual abuse and rape of a female under the age of 12.

The charges filed against Baughman in Umatilla County stem from allegations that predate the suspect’s October arrest, according to Clatsop County Senior Deputy District Attorney Dawn Buzzard.

Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus declined to talk at length about the charges against Baughman.

“I’m not comfortable where this case is at,” he said.

Officers with the Warrenton Police Department executed the arrest warrant against Baughman following a secret indictment from a Umatilla County grand jury.

A secret indictment is made when a grand jury uses witness testimony as the basis for leveling criminal charges against a person without that person’s knowledge. The tactic is used to give law enforcement agencies enough time to execute an arrest warrant against a suspect without that person fleeing.

Buzzard said she expects Baughman’s trial to move forward as planned. The trial is scheduled to begin July 20. In Clatsop County, Baughman is charged with 12 crimes related to the alleged sexual abuse of a girl. The crimes include first- , second- and third-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sex abuse, one count of third-degree sex abuse, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration with an object, second-degree unlawful sexual penetration with an object and first-, second- and third-degree sodomy.

Ron Brown, chief deputy district attorney for Clatsop County, said he expects the additional charges to bolster the prosecution’s case against Baughman.

“We always feel it helps us if there are charges elsewhere,” Brown said.

The Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office is awaiting a ruling by Circuit Court Judge Cindee Matyas to allow prosecutors to admit testimony from one of the victims in Umatilla County during Baughman’s trial in July.


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