Tigard man’s rape conviction repeated

A gavel is shown in a U.S. courtroom (MGN online)
A gavel is shown in a U.S. courtroom (MGN online)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) – A retrial in Washington County Circuit Court resulted in a repeat rape conviction Thursday for 59-year-old Ronald Leistiko of Tigard.

His previous conviction was overturned by the Oregon Supreme Court because the trial judge erred by allowing a witness to testify she had been raped.

The Oregonian reports Leistiko was convicted of raping two women he hired through online ads as sex workers.

The prosecutor told jurors Leistiko preyed on adult entertainment workers because he thought they wouldn’t report him.

Leistiko was originally sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2008 for the rapes and related charges. He’ll be re-sentenced Monday on the two rape convictions.

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