Sex offender faces trial in rape case

INDEPENDENCE -- A registered sex offender from Independence is headed to trial for allegedly raping a woman in late October.

INDEPENDENCE -- A registered sex offender from Independence is headed to trial for allegedly raping a woman in late October.

Ryan C. Davis, 23, is accused of rape in the first degree, sodomy I, unlawful penetration -- all Class A felonies -- as well as sex abuse I and strangulation.

Local police have also filed charges against Davis in a separate incident involving a sexual encounter with an underage girl prior to the other incident.

Davis is registered through the Oregon State Police as a sex offender as a result of a 2008 case involving a minor in Keizer. Davis was convicted of sex abuse III and received five years probation.

Independence Police arrested Davis on Oct. 30 for allegedly raping a woman at his home. Davis and the woman were acquaintances, according to court records.

Polk County Circuit Court originally set bail for a jailed Davis at $457,000.

His defense attorney filed a motion on Nov. 4 for Davis' release and reduction of that amount. Eventually, the court reduced the security to $20,000, which his parents paid on Nov. 4.

Davis was released from jail on Nov. 9 under a condition that requires Davis to live with his parents in the Portland area under house arrest. He can continue to go to work and school -- he's a Western Oregon University student.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7.

An official with Polk County Community Corrections had stated on Nov. 2 that Davis had always been in full compliance with the terms of his probation up until his arrest.

But Independence Police filed additional charges of sex abuse III, sexual misconduct and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor on Nov. 4.

That case stems from two sexual encounters Davis had in early October with a minor, according to police records.

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