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Rape victim sues Washington County after violent attack

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Jaime Tinoco in court, file image Jaime Tinoco in court, file image
EUGENE, OR (KPTV) -

A Eugene woman says she's suing Washington County, claiming officials ignored red flags that ultimately resulted in her violent attack.

That woman was beaten and raped by a teenager near Autzen stadium in 2014, who was supposed to be under the county's supervision at the time.

The teen convicted in the attack, Jaime Tinoco, is the same teen accused of murdering Nicole Laube outside of a Cedar Mill apartment complex back in 2014.

The victim's lawyers tells FOX 12 over the phone that she felt it was important to move forward and bring this lawsuit against the county to expose errors in the system and prevent something like this from happening ever again. 

The victim is seeking an undisclosed amount of money in the federal lawsuit filed in court Monday, against the Washington County Juvenile Department  and Jaime Tinoco's counselor Jose Andrade.

Lane county prosecutors called her rape and assault one of the most heinous attacks without a weapon, they've ever seen.

“There was gratuitous violence, even after he didn’t need to be violent anymore,” said Lane County Prosecutor Erik Hasselman during Tinoco's sentencing.

Tinoco, then just 17, was sentenced to serve some 14 years behind bars for it. 

A crime a new federal law suit claims could have been prevented had the Washington County Juvenile Department paid more attention.

Court documents claim Tinoco was not in school and therefore not in compliance with conditions of his probation, so he should not have been allowed to go on the supervised trip to Eugene.

The suit also claims the night before the Duck game, Tinoco was cited for driving without a license and breaking curfew. 

While at that football game, the suit claims counselor Jose Andrade lost track of Tinoco and didn't even realize he was missing until after the group left Eugene. This allowed the teen to sneak away and attack the victim.

The lawsuit further alleges that Washington County deputies even considered Tinoco a possible suspect for the murder of Nicole Laube, but the county still let him go to the football game despite all of that.

Laube was stabbed to death while working at a Cedar Mill apartment complex weeks prior.  

Tinoco is currently awaiting trial for Laube's murder and the Washington County Sheriff's Office says they have no comment about these new allegations.

The county's juvenile department says they feel sorrow for the suffering of the victims, but can't comment on the lawsuit.

The victim's lawyer tells FOX 12 they have a strong basis for every allegation listed in the suit and they are eager to prove that in court.

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