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Man accused of raping teen girls multiple times released after judge reduces bail

Travis Dick booking photo courtesy Multnomah County Jail

A 23-year-old Gresham man accused of sexually abusing and raping two teenage girls has been released from prison after a judge lowered his bail.

Travis Dick was arrested in December and charged with 11 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, eight counts of second-degree sodomy, five counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree unlawful penetration, five counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree rape. His initial bail was set at $6.5 million, then lowered to just over $4 million.

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Late last month, a Multnomah County judge lowered that bail by 85 percent, totaling $600,000. Dick's family was able to pay the $60,000 up-front fee, so he was released.

Investigators say Dick is not related to either victim. They say he contacted the girls and used social media to further the abusive relationships.

KATU News usually doesn't identify victims, but one of the women Dick is accused of assaulting wanted to come forward and use her name in public. Rachel Shannon said she was just trying to be friends with Dick when she was just 12 years old.

"All of the assaults that I'm aware of occurred inside that house, even most of them with his parents there," Shannon said. "If they're trying to keep him from re-offending, sending him home is not the right choice at all."

As part of his bail, Dick is only allowed to leave the house for court or medical appointments. Shannon, who now attends college in southern Oregon, thinks even that's too much freedom than Dick deserves.

"It's still really hard for me to imagine, I don't live in Portland, thank God. I couldn't imagine actually living there, and he was walking around free after this," Shannon said. "If enough people speak up about wanting him back in jail, and write letters to the judge, maybe she'll realize that she made a serious mistake."

Dick's neighbors said they're also concerned.

"My oldest is 13, and it scares me that she has to walk to school sometimes. She likes to walk to the store, now it's a question of whether she should be allowed to do that, and she's old enough to do it," Donna Nieto said.

Dicks defense attorney said his client is not a flight risk. He's also being monitored with a GPS bracelet, and he's due back in court next week.

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