Four Morrow County men facing rape and other sex crimes in unrelated cases have pretrial hearings Thursday. Two of the defendants remain in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, and two are out of jail on conditional releases.
Corey Scott Baker, 40, of Ione, has been free on his own recognizance since his arrest March 22 for first-degree rape and sexual abuse of a girl younger than 12. According to court documents, the Morrow County District Attorney’s Office alleged Baker raped and molested the girl between July and December 2016.
Baker in May filed a motion asking for permission to travel to Gilliam County to service and repair farm equipment for Crum Farming Inc. Baker in the request told the court taking the job would end his reliance on unemployment payments.
Circuit Judge Eva Temple on June 13 granted Baker’s request.
Kenny Cole Blurton, 19, of Irrigon, remains free after posting $5,000 bail in January. According to the indictment, the district attorney’s office alleged Blurton raped and assaulted a girl younger than 14 between July 1 and Dec. 22, 2015. He faces four counts of second-degree rape, three of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration, two of first-degree sexual abuse, and one of second-degree sodomy.
Jason Kane Kissler, 35, and Eduardo Salas, 60, both of Irrigon, remain in the jail.
The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kissler on April 15 after responding to a disturbance at a home off Depot Lane, Irrigon. The victim told deputies that Kissler raped her, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. The district attorney’s office subsequently charged Kissler with rape, sodomy and unlawful sexual penetration, all in the first degree, and one count of fourth-degree assault.
And the district attorney’s office charged Salas with attempted first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree rape and nine of first-degree sexual abuse for harming two girls younger than 12 between April 1, 2016, and May 28, 2017.
Salas filed motions on July 3 to disqualify circuit judges Christopher Brauer and Lynn Hampton. In the requests, defense attorney Dan Stephens of Hermiston asserted Salas “believes he cannot receive a fair and impartial hearing and trial” from either judge.
Under Oregon law, that’s enough of a reason for a disqualification, and Circuit Judge Dan Hill approved both requests.