LA PINE, OR -- A La Pine man was arrested Thursday and charged with rape, nearly 20 years after the fact.
Bend Police Department Lieutenant JuliAnn McConkey says 47-year old Rusty Allen Pugh is accused of raping a woman 5 times nearly 20 years ago. "About 2 months ago, the detectives received a case regarding several rapes that had occurred in the early 2000s, and the rapes occurred for about 8 years or so, and the detectives located him."
Officers contacted Pugh during a traffic stop at Empire Avenue and the Northbound Parkway. He was arrested and jailed, but McConkey says there could be more to this case. "This was years ago that the first report was made, so we believe that there's other victims out there, as well, throughout the last 19 years." If you have information, or are a victim of Pugh's, McConkey encourages you to contact the Bend Police Department non-emergency dispatch. "They are looking for additional people who Mr. Pugh has been in contact with, because there are potential additional victims out there."
Pugh is now in the Deschutes County Jail.
In Oregon, if a person is under 18 at the time of a rape, the statute of limitations remains in effect until they are 30 years old. Pugh's accuser is 23.