Share story

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Gresham pastor has been convicted of sexually abusing a former family member.

The Deschutes County jury found former Bend resident Jamie Worley guilty of seven felonies in a case that involves abuse that took place between 2002 and 2004. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on eight other counts.

The Bulletin newspaper reports Wednesday’s verdict shocked Worley and the family and friends who packed the courtroom. A jury in an earlier, related case in Tillamook County had found Worley not guilty on several charges, and deadlocked on others.

“Why?” a red-faced and tearful Worley asked himself repeatedly after the verdict was read. He said it again as he looked at the jurors who spent four days deliberating.

Meanwhile, his distraught mother, Connie Worley, pointed at Judge Beth Bagley as she was leaving, wagging her finger.

“You,” Connie Worley said. “You.”

The judge ordered a deputy to keep Connie Worley in the courtroom.

“You’re not leaving,” Bagley said. “Don’t you dare shake your finger at me.”

Following a short conference in the judge’s chambers, Bagley found her in contempt of court and ordered her to spend 24 hours in the county jail and pay a $500 fine.

“I’m sorry, your honor,” Connie Worley said.

“I bet you are,” said the judge.

Connie Worley was led away in handcuffs moments after her son.

A scheduling conference will be held Friday to determine Jamie Worley’s sentencing date.

___

Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com