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Alleged Rapist Rusty Pugh is Back in Jail

LA PINE, OR -- A La Pine man was arrested again Wednesday, and faces more child rape charges.


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, and since his arrest last week, more potential victims have contacted investigators. "Since we released the information on the 22nd of August, we're actively investigating several other cases involving Mr. Pugh. 3 more victims, at least, have been identified."

Pugh had been released on $25,000 bail and fitted with a GPS ankle monitor. He's been returned to the Deschutes County Jail. McConkey says, if you think you know a victim of Pugh's contact the Bend Police Department Non-Emergency Dispatch. "Pay attention to kids. Pay attention to if they're saying something or acting differently, and be vigilant in making sure that we keep our children safe."

2 of Pugh's most recent accusers are from Yamhill County. The third is a 6-year-old local girl. McConkey says Pugh's new rape charges stemfrom incidents between 2004 and now. "One victim, at least, was this month and we're certain there are more victims out there, and we do encourage people to call in if they have been a victim of Mr. Pugh's, or any crimes, with any information that would get them justice and help." Investigators want to make sure every on of Pugh's victims is able to tell her story. "People keep calling in and we're actively investigating current cases, and I think the only thing we can keep doing is encourage that they have a voice, and they aren't the only ones, and that we are here to help them through this process."

Pugh is awaiting his next court appearance.

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