Bend Rape Suspect Has Troubled Past

Bray's Impressive Medical Career, Criminal Background Detailed

BEND, Ore. - After diving deeper into this search warrant of the doctor accused of raping a 23-year-old Bend woman, Thomas Harry Bray's work history and criminal background show he took a roundabout route before ending up in Central Oregon.

Before becoming a part-time instructor at COCC in January, the 37-year-old Bray's brief medical history shows a man with an accomplished resume.

After earning his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Bray interned at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center.

He then became a resident physician at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and continued to work there as an anesthesiologist until 2007.

Bray was issued a Maryland medical license in 2005, which expired three years later. He also holds an emeritus license with the Oregon Medical Board, allowing him to only practice medicine on a volunteer basis.

But along with an impressive medical background, he also has another kind of resume -- a criminal history.

That criminal background includes arrests in California in 1993 and 1994 for forgery. His list of new charges -- rape, strangulation and sodomy -- come only months after a California judge granted a temporary restraining order against him for domestic violence.

Records show a judge issued a protection order against Bray to avoid contact with a 27-year-old California woman and any kids she might have.

The same records show Bray is not allowed to possess a firearm, and he's ordered to stay 100 yards away from the Long Beach City College campus.

We spoke briefly with one of Bray's former students, a 21-year-old who says she was his girlfriend until a week before the alleged assault on Friday night. She said she never felt threatened by him.

Bray taught only a handful of class sessions at COCC before being arrested Saturday night. Officials could not say if he would have taught more classes in the future, noting that part-time instructors are typically signed up shortly before classes begin.

Calls to police were referred to Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty, who has not returned calls regarding the case. Bray's attorney, Lawrence Matasar of Portland, also would not comment on the case.

Meanwhile, tenants of Franklin Crossing in downtown Bend have been informed Bray will no longer be living there.

Detectives are still looking for more victims and ask anyone with information about Bray to come forward. Call Bend police at (541) 322-2960 or Deschutes County 911 non-emergency at (541) 693-6911.

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