Man suspected in attack on Dallas boy is charged
SALEM (AP) - A man who recently pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy has been charged with attempted aggravated murder and kidnapping in an attack on a 10-year-old boy whose throat was slashed.
James Frank Milligan, 31, of Keizer, was arrested Wednesday while he was being held at the Clatsop County Jail in Astoria pending sentencing on his guilty plea to an unrelated case of sex abuse and attempted sodomy with an 11-year-old boy in Seaside, officials said.
Milligan, who has worked with youths in the state's juvenile prisons, will be sentenced Aug. 25 to more than six years in prison for the Seaside attack.
The attack on the 10-year-old Dallas boy last month happened just three days before Milligan went to court and pleaded guilty to the sex charges in Seaside.
Marion County investigators said Milligan was close to the physical description the 10-year-old boy gave police after he was lured away from Dallas City Park on July 11.
According to court records, Milligan is blond with blue eyes, 6-foot 1-inch and 220 pounds, similar to the Dallas boy's description of his attacker.
Marion County sheriff's deputies say the Dallas boy was approached by a man who offered him $100 to mow his lawn.
When the boy agreed, the man and the boy drove around for about an hour before parking in a field, where the man attempted to molest the boy. The boy resisted and the man slit his throat, then pushed him out of the car and fled.
The bloody boy flagged for help and was taken to a hospital. He has since been discharged and is recovering.
The authorities declined to release details of what evidence they uncovered against Milligan, who has no criminal record other then the recent Clatsop County conviction. Police received more than 500 tips during the investigation and reviewed the records of thousands of registered sex offenders.
Milligan was not a registered a sex offender.
Milligan had previously worked for the Oregon Youth Authority. The agency hired him in May 1997 as a group life coordinator, working one-one-one with youths in several juvenile prisons before being placed on leave in early 1999. He was fired Friday.
The 11-year-old boy in the Clatsop County case also is from the Salem area, said Clatsop County Deputy District Attorney Dawn Habecker.
The assault on that boy happened in Seaside in August 1997, Habecker said.
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