An Oregon woman whose rapist was convicted last week was jailed until she tested against him in a rare case of prosecutors compelling a victim to appear in court, her lawyer said Friday.
Her lawyer, Donald Scales, acknowledged there were “legitimate concerns” about whether his client would show up to testify.
The 20-year-old woman was held for nine days beginning Sept. 6 with a bail set at $500,000 — an amount Scales described as “unattainable.”
A jury convicted the assailant, Christian Sanchez, 30, of multiple crimes on Sept. 16, one day after the woman provided testimony in a Jackson County court, Scales said.
Sanchez was found guilty of rape, sodomy, kidnapping, assault, coercion, unlawful use of a weapon and other crimes that occurred over a 7-month period in 2020, when the woman was 18, the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement .
Sanchez will be sentenced Oct.