Ridgefield man arraigned on child rape allegations

He's accused of molesting boy he met on Internet

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A 23-year-old Ridgefield man was arraigned Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on allegations of child rape.

Jeffrey Scott Boyington is accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy he allegedly met in a gay networking chat room.

Boyington, who is free after posting $10,000 bail, is scheduled to be tried Feb. 19 on charges of second-degree child rape, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, and luring with a sexual motive.

Judge John Wulle ruled Tuesday that Boyington may not have contact with minors except at his workplace. Boyington has no criminal history.

A probable cause affidavit signed by a Clark County sheriff's deputy stated that the 13-year-old victim reported that he met Boyington on a gay networking cellphone application, similar to an Internet chat site.

The suspect, who called himself "Scotty," invited the alleged victim to meet him in person. He picked him up from his home without the consent of the boy's parents, according to the affidavit.

The suspect took the boy to his Ridgefield apartment, where the man lives with his grandmother, and performed sexual acts, according to the affidavit.

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