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Prineville convicted rapist arrested for online luring of girls

Police say he sent explicit photos on social media

PRINEVILLE, Ore. - A 31-year-old Prineville man convicted of rape 13 years ago has been arrested on charges of sending explicit photos and attempting to lure juvenile females on social media, police said Thursday.

Patrick James Adams was booked into the Crook County Jail on Oct. 25, according to a jail officer, and remains held on $80,000 bail, facing two counts of luring a minor, pending arraignment next Monday.

Prineville police Capt. Larry Seymour said police received information Oct. 15 that Adams was sending explicit photos and attempting to lure juvenile females from the Prineville area using online social media platforms.

After a month-long investigation, a search warrant was granted for Adams’ Prineville home and items allegedly linked to the crimes were seized as evidence.

Crook County District Attorney Wade Whiting said grand jury proceedings in the case are scheduled and more charges are possible.

Seymour said it’s believed Adams may have had several contacts with female juveniles in Central Oregon and possibly had contact with several minors online.

Anyone with information about the case, and juveniles who have had contact with Adams are encouraged to contact Prineville police Detective Brandin Noland at 541-447-4168 or private-message the department on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PrinevillePD.

Court records show Adams was arrested in April 2004 on second-degree rape, sex abuse and other charges. He received a four-year sentence in June 2004.

Adams was arrested again in December 2011 on several sex abuse charges and a count of coercion. In May 2013, he entered an Alford plea to the coercion count — meaning he did not admit to the charge, only that he likely would be found guilty if the case were to go to trial. He received a 70-month prison sentence, with credit for time served.

The last item in that case's online file is a handwritten motion in February 2017, from Adams as he served his sentence at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution near Madras. He claimed the Department of Corrections failed to honor the sentencing judge’s order of 124 days credit for time served.

Court records also show Adams was arrested in June in Crook County on a misdemeanor second-degree disorderly conduct charge and was sentenced on Sept. 13 to a 45-day jail term, with credit for time served.

He was arrested Aug. 4 in Deschutes County on charges of interfering with a police officer, for refusing to stop, as well as third-degree escape and drug possession. He pleaded guilty to the escape charge and received a 10-day jail sentence.


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