Thomas Harry Bray, the former Central Oregon Community College instructor accused of raping two Bend women, now faces a lawsuit from one of his alleged victims.
On Tuesday, Jennifer Coughlin, the attorney representing one of the women, said she lodged a $975,000 civil complaint against Bray and expects it to be filed in Deschutes County Circuit Court today.
Coughlin's client is the 24-year-old Bend woman Bray met through the online dating website Match.com.
According to authorities, Bray and the woman had drinks at a downtown Bend bar on Feb. 25 before he took her to his apartment and allegedly beat, raped and strangled her. It was their first meeting in person.
The complaint, which identifies the 24-year-old woman as “Jane Doe,” outlines some of the details of the suspected three-hour assault, including various sex acts and allegations that Bray ripped out some of her hair as he dragged her through his bedroom.
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages for both physical and psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and paranoia. It also seeks money for lost wages and non-economic damages related to continued “emotional and psychological trauma.”
Coughlin said punitive damages could also be awarded if her client prevails. She said that could amount to an additional $1 million to $2 million.
Bray, 37, is a former anesthesiologist who was a resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. After moving to Bend, he took a job as a part-time anatomy instructor at COCC.
He now faces a total of 11 felony and misdemeanor counts related to two different sexual assaults.
For his alleged Feb. 25 attack of the 24-year-old “Jane Doe,” Bray faces two counts each of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy as well as misdemeanor charges of strangulation and assault.
The other five counts are related to two different incidents involving Bray's former girlfriend and student who was 21 at the time.
He is charged with two felony counts of first-degree rape, a felony count of assault and a misdemeanor count of strangulation for a Feb. 11 incident in which he used a ligature. He is also charged with another misdemeanor count of strangulation in a separate Feb. 24 incident.