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Jeffrey Allen PierceJudge sets bail at $2.5 million

MILTON-FREEWATER — Jeffrey Allen Pierce of Milton-Freewater pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to 50 counts of sex crimes.

The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office alleged Pierce committed the crimes against one girl.

Milton-Freewater Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer in a written statement reported his officers arrested Pierce, 40, on a warrant Wednesday stemming from a Umatilla County grand jury indictment.

The grand jury found the abuse began in 2008 when the girl was younger than 12 and continued through 2013, according to the 13-page indictment, which lists four counts of second-degree sodomy, 22 of first-degree sodomy, and 24 of first-degree sexual abuse. All the charges are felonies under Oregon’s Measure 11 and carry mandatory minimum sentences upon conviction.

Boedigheimer stated Pierce’s arrest culminated a complex and lengthy investigation involving Milton-Freewater police, the Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division and the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office.

Circuit Judge Jon Lieuallen of Pendleton set bail for Pierce at $2.5 million. Pierce’s next court appearance is Oct. 27.

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Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York