By Claire Withycombe

The Bulletin

A Gresham man conditionally released before his Deschutes County sexual abuse trial is in custody at the Tillamook County jail on related charges, court records show.

James Daniel Worley, 42, is being held in lieu of $1.1 million bail in the Tillamook County jail on charges of sexual abuse, rape and sodomy of two children, alleged to have occurred in 2005 and 2006. The Tillamook County jail confirmed Worley remained in custody Thursday.

Court records show Worley, a pastor and former Tillamook police officer, pleaded not guilty on April 29 to 12 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, three counts of first-degree rape and several other sex crimes in Tillamook County. Records also indicate Worley’s attorney argued for his conditional release, but the motion was denied.

Worley pleaded not guilty in January to 37 charges pertaining to the alleged sexual abuse of two children between 2002 and 2004 in Deschutes County. He was conditionally released from the Deschutes County jail in late January after his bail was reduced from $1 million to $250,000.

He now also awaits a trial in Tillamook County, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 11. His Deschutes County trial is scheduled to begin about a month later on Sept. 15 and is expected to take eight to 10 days.

A representative from the Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office said Monday that it was the office’s policy not to comment on pending cases. Worley’s attorney, Richard Cohen, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

“The investigation here in Deschutes County led to the charges in Tillamook (county),” Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said in an interview Tuesday. He added that it is usually inappropriate to try geographically separate sexual abuse cases in one county.

Members of Worley’s congregation, Gresham’s Powell Valley Church, attended Deschutes County court proceedings and have submitted letters of support to the court maintaining the pastor’s innocence.

His father, also named James Worley, of Oklahoma City, made the $25,000 payment — 10 percent of Worley’s bail — to the Deschutes County jail Jan. 23, court records show. Cohen had argued in favor of lowering his client’s bail amount in Deschutes County, stating $25,000 was the maximum amount Worley’s supporters could raise.

— Reporter: 541-383-0376,

cwithycombe@bendbulletin.com

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