Victim says police did nothing after child rape reported

CLACKAMAS COUNTY - A child rape victim claims she told Gladstone police what an accused murderer did to her as a 12-year-old girl and that nothing was done.

Jason Jaynes appeared in court Thursday accused of abusing three victims years ago.

One of those victims spoke to KATU on Thursday night on the condition of anonymity. She was adamant that investigators uncovered paperwork that backs up her allegations.

They first contacted her eight months ago while looking into the murder of a Gladstone salon owner. But she said those homicide detectives were the first law enforcement officers to ask her about the sex abuse since her father first went to police more than 15 years ago.

"Two months ago, they sent me a copy of the original police report that was filed when I was a minor," she said.

It was a paper trail, she said, that should have led Gladstone police directly to Jaynes more than a decade ago. An indictment unsealed Thursday alleges Jaynes abused her and two other minor girls.

The woman who spoke to KATU News said homicide detectives uncovered the paperwork, looking at Jaynes, along with Jaynes' mother, Susan Campbell, and former Gladstone police Officer Lynn Benton as suspects in the 2011 murder of Gladstone salon owner Deborah Higbee-Benton.

"There was an original police report that was filed when I was 12 or 13 years old from my father contacting Gladstone police and trying to get Jason Jaynes prosecuted for statutory rape," the woman who spoke to KATU News said.

But that report went nowhere, and the rape victim wants to know why.

"I'm a mother now. I'm the mother to a 10-year-old," she said. "It's sick. "I found out a lot of information throughout this investigation about things that were done."

She couldn't talk about those details and couldn't share her copy of the original Gladstone police report because she intends to sue police for what happened.

Meanwhile, she's waiting for Jaynes' trial for murder.

"I have nothing to say in trying to defend that man at all," she said.

She said she doesn't know how she'd characterize him.

"Somebody says that possibly he's a victim himself. Something went wrong somewhere with that man," she said. "I think that there's a lot more to be found that's out there," including more victims.

A spokesman for the Gladstone police said Thursday night that he didn't know about the indictment against Jaynes that was unsealed earlier in the day and couldn't comment on the allegations from that sex abuse victim that police apparently failed to act on her father's child sex abuse report.

It was serious enough that the victim said that since her family lived near Jaynes her father put her into foster care just to get her away from Jaynes.