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.
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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