PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Beaverton man was found guilty of child sexual abuse for the second time Monday after his first conviction was thrown out by an appeals court in 2017, officials said.
Mauricio Ambriz-Arguello was accused of abusing an underage relative starting when she was 6 years old and continuing into her teenage years, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. A Washington County jury convicted him of rape, sodomy and sex abuse.
A concerned relative eventually learned of the abuse, officials said, and encouraged the girl to speak with a school counselor, who alerted authorities.
Ambriz-Arguello was first arrested in 2012 and accused of sexual abuse. In Spanish, he claimed to police that the relative had taken his hand and placed it on her genitals several times. He denied many of the other allegations.
He was convicted in 2014, but the case was overturned by the Oregon Court of Appeals in 2017 after the three-judge panel ruled in a split decision that a police interpreter’s English translation of his statements in Spanish to investigators amounted to hearsay.
In 2019, a new law went into effect that addressed the admissibility of translated statements.
The case was remanded back to Washington County Circuit Court, where Ambriz-Arguello was convicted.