Alleged kidnapper pleads not guilty to new charges

Russell Wayne Deviney

Russell Wayne Deviney, the Everett, Wash., man accused of kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old California girl, pleaded not guilty Friday in Clatsop County Circuit Court to 12 felony charges.

Deviney, 48, was arrested May 14 just south of Cannon Beach on six charges. The charges were doubled after a grand jury met Thursday. A grand jury indicted Deviney for first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, two counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct for photographing the girl naked, and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

He made an initial court appearanceMay 15, when his bail was set at $1 million.

District Attorney Josh Marquis requested the high bail amount after discovering Deviney had assets from former employment with Microsoft.

In court Friday, Judge Philip Nelson continued the $1 million bail.

Deviney’s appointed defense lawyer James von Boeckmann argued that Deviney no longer has the assets the state believes. As a result, von Boeckmann plans to ask for a bail hearing for the court to decide if bail should be lowered.

“It was inflated because the state had some information that they thought Mr. Deviney had money due to a previous association or employment with Microsoft,” von Boeckmann said. “He has told me otherwise. The guy has no money.”

A nationwide felony warrant was issued last week out of Clatsop County Circuit Court for Deviney’s arrest.

Cannon Beach Police and FBI agents found Deviney behind a locked gate in a privately owned wooded area south of Cannon Beach, after a passer-by reported seeing him and called Cannon Beach Police.

When Deviney was asked his name, he simply said, “I’m the guy you’re looking for.”

Deviney allegedly kidnapped the girl May 9 in Sanger, Calif. He left her and his 2004 Nissan Pickup at McDonald’s in Astoria May 11.

The girl was later reunited with her family.

Deviney allegedly sexually assaulted the girl at an Oregon rest area. The charges against Deviney claimed the alleged crimes occurred in Clatsop County.

He has no local ties to Clatsop County and there is no indication Astoria was his intended destination, according to Astoria Police.

Marquis said other jurisdictions could also charge Deviney.

Deviney is due back in court at 10:30 a.m. June 12 for an early resolution conference.

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