By Paul Daquilante

(McMinnville) News-Register

Charges against the executive director of a Bend-based membership organization for health care providers and against a McMinnville woman allege sexual conduct with children, as well as with a dog.

John William Ryan, 47, was charged with one count each of solicitation to commit first-degree sodomy, a Class B felony, and solicitation to commit first-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony. He was also charged with two counts each of sexual assault on an animal, a Class A misdemeanor, and solicitation to commit sexual assault on an animal, a Class B misdemeanor.

Casie Lynn Nelson, 29, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of sexual assault on an animal.

Ryan is accused of soliciting Nelson to engage in a deviant sex act with a child younger than 12, in a sex act with a child younger than 14 and in sexual contact with a dog. She has been charged with following through with the acts involving the dog. The alleged crimes occurred in Yamhill County in March 2014.

A record with more information about the case has been sealed by the court.

Ryan was placed on leave from his position as executive director of the Central Oregon Independent Practice Association on Monday, according to an email Dr. Stephen Mann, the organization’s interim executive director, sent to members last week. The association is made up of more than 600 physicians and providers who pay an annual membership fee in exchange for contract negotiation, insurance discounts and other support.

Ryan, arrested Monday in Bend, was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on $517,500 bail. Nelson, taken into custody in Yamhill County, was lodged on $142,500 bail, according to jail records.

Ryan is scheduled for arraignment on a grand jury indictment at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Nelson has a trial report conference scheduled for 10:40 a.m. March 16.

Information leading to the arrests was gleaned from an investigation into illegal computer activity, McMinnville Police Capt. Dennis Marks said Thursday. The case was investigated by McMinnville police under a referral from the state Department of Justice.

Case information is limited to what was filed by the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office. Deputy DA Kate Petersen asked that the probable cause affidavit be sealed by the court, and her request was granted.

“I have read the probable cause affidavit filed for this case,” Petersen wrote. “The probable cause affidavit contains personal identifying information regarding a minor child who is referenced in counts 1 and 2. I do not believe the public interest in reviewing this information outweighs the minor child’s right to privacy.”

A probable cause affidavit states facts as to why probable cause exists to arrest someone, conduct a search or seize property.

Circuit Judge Cynthia Easterday appointed McMinnville attorney Janmarie Dielschneider to represent Nelson. Ryan’s request for a court-appointed attorney was denied.

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