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Eric Silva.

A resident of Beaver, an unincorporated community in southern Tillamook County, was recently arrested on a warrant in Grant County and has been transferred to the Tillamook County Jail.

A grand jury indictment for charges of first-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse, both felonies, was filed in Tillamook County Circuit Court on April 25 against 53-year-old Eric Silva. The crimes allegedly occurred on or around Dec. 25, 2013, in the Tillamook County area.

According to the indictment, Silva was accused of unlawfully engaging in oral sexual intercourse with a victim who was “incapable of consent by reason of physical helplessness.”

A warrant was issued for Silva’s arrest following the grand jury indictment, requiring a bail amount of $50,000 on the sodomy charge as well as $10,000 bail for the sex abuse charge. Silva could pay a 10-percent bond for release on the sex abuse charge but must pay the full $50,000 bail for the sodomy charge due to the Measure 11 status of the alleged crime.

First-degree sodomy carries a minimum sentence of eight years and four months under Measure 11. Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 11 in November of 1994, which dictates mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain crimes with no possible reduction in sentences.

Court documents show Silva was taken into custody in Grant County, Oregon, on May 10, and was lodged at the Grant County Jail. He was later transferred to the Tillamook County Jail. Tillamook County District Attorney William Porter declined to comment on the details of the case. Additional records have been requested.

Silva is a co-owner of Sunset Canyon Jerseys in Tillamook County. The Statesman Journal recently reported Sunset Canyon Jerseys was fined $9,500 for repeatedly releasing manure to a ditch entering the Nestucca River that flows to Nestucca Bay near Pacific City. The Statesman Journal said state agriculture inspectors responded to a complaint of foamy water in the river, finding high levels of E. coli in the ditch leading from the farm.

According to The Statesman Journal’s report, Sunset Canyon Jerseys was fined $36,280 in 2017, and $2,376 in 2011, for the same violations, and was cited but not fined for manure discharge violations in 2012, 2010 and 2007. It was reportedly cited for recordkeeping violations in 2015.

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