Sex assault kit testing links Eugene man to Multnomah crimes

Crime

Jesse Ryan Moser accused of sex abuse from 6 years ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Eugene resident who was indicted on 7 sex charges dating back to 2013 is the 8th person charged in Multnomah County as a result of the ongoing project to test the backlog of sexual assault kits.

Jesse Ryan Moser was indicted by the grand jury Wednesday and arrested Thursday in Eugene, the District Attorney’s Office said.

The 36-year-old is accused of 2nd-degree sexual abuse of a teenage girl over about a 3-month period beginning in October 2013.

A police report was first filed in December 2013 and investigators “remained in contact with the victim” while they tried to find the suspect.

The suspect wasn’t found.

The sex assault forensic evidence kit was tested as part of the project to clear the background of thousands of untested SAFE kits in Multnomah, Marion and Lane counties.

That led investigators to Moser, and on August 14, 2019 he was indicted by the grand jury.

Moser, 36, is an on-and-off game developer currently living in Eugene, court documents showed. The Air Force veteran has lived in Oregon for about 6 years. He’s now in the Multnomah County Jail.

SAFE Kit testing

Through Melissa’s Law, Oregon now ensures all sex assault kits (except for anonymous kits) are sent for timely testing. Last year, Oregon became one of the first 5 states in the US to clear its backlog.

Of the 8 people charged through the SAFE Kit testing project, 5 have been convicted. Two more are pending arraignment and one — Jesse Moser — are pending trial.

The PPB Sex Crimes Unit wants to hear from those who had a SAFE kit collected before 2015. Call them at 503.823.0125 or reach them by email: roseproject@portlandoregon.gov

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