By Claire Withycombe

The Bulletin

The former head of a local medical association pleaded guilty last month to charges in connection with alleged sex crimes in Yamhill County, electronic court records show.

John William Ryan, 48, the former executive director of the Central Oregon Independent Practice Association, pleaded guilty to one count each of solicitation to commit first-degree sexual abuse and attempt to commit a Class A misdemeanor — sexual assault of an animal — April 8.

Ryan was initially charged with two counts of sexual assault of an animal, two counts of solicitation to commit sexual assault of an animal and one count each of solicitation to commit first-degree sodomy and solicitation to commit first-degree sexual abuse.

Prosecutors alleged Ryan had solicited a co-defendant, Casie Nelson, to sexually abuse a child who was younger than 12 and caused a dog to touch Nelson’s sexual organs.

Ryan, who’d been released pending further court proceedings and whose most recent address is in Vancouver, Washington, was sentenced to 20 days in jail, with credit for time served, and three years of probation.

Ryan can have supervised contact with his children but must not have contact with Nelson. He must also register as a sex offender, according to electronic court records.

Nelson, 30, of McMinnville, pleaded guilty to sexual assault of an animal and encouraging second-degree child abuse, court records show. However, she has been cited for failure to appear in court and a warrant is out for her arrest, according to electronic court records.

When the charges first were filed early last year, Ryan was placed on leave from COIPA, which consists of more than 600 physicians and providers who pay an annual membership fee in exchange for contract negotiation, insurance discounts and other support.

Kim Bangerter is now the executive director of COIPA, according to its website.

­— Reporter: 541-383-0376,

cwithycombe@bendbulletin.com

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