Pennsylvania man arrested in Portland sex abuse case sentenced for kidnapping

Jason Demby, December 2014 jail booking photo

A Pennsylvania man connected to a 2013 sex abuse investigation in Portland through DNA evidence reached a plea deal and was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

Jason Demby pleaded guilty to first-degree kidnapping earlier this month. Additional charges of sex abuse and assault were dismissed. He was sentenced Wednesday.

Demby, 33, was arrested in July 2014 in Pennsylvania.

Court documents state Demby was accused of assaulting a 27-year-old woman he met at a north Portland bar in September 2013.

The woman and a male friend got in Demby's van at around closing time for a ride home and smoked marijuana with him, according to court documents.

The man was dropped off at his home, but the woman returned to the van after initially getting out, an arrest warrant stated.

The woman told police she was tied up by her wrist and physically and sexually assaulted. Court documents state she remembered repeatedly telling the suspect "no."She was pushed out of the van, according to court documents, and approached a man in the street asking for help. They walked to a nearby restaurant and called 911.

Officers reported her crying hysterically with multiple bruises, including around both eyes, along with scratch marks on her throat and various cuts and abrasions all over her body.There was also a black cotton belt tied around her wrist.

DNA evidence on the belt tested at the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory was a match for Demby, according to investigators. Local detectives then made contact with police in Pennsylvania regarding Demby.

He was arrested in Erie, PA, in July 2014 for possession of marijuana. Police said he was with a 15-year-old girl in his car when he was pulled over.

He was then detained on an arrest warrant out of Oregon in the sex abuse case and was extradited in December 2014.

Along with more than seven years in prison, Demby was sentenced to three years post-prison supervision and he must register as a sex offender.

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