former DNR writer charged in Oregon

Brent Finnegan -- January 28th, 2008

From The Mail Tribune in Southern Oregon: former DNR political reporter, Andrew Scot Bolsinger, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing to face charges for first-degree rape and sodomy. According to the article, he has also “been named the defendant in a number of lawsuits involving several local businesses of which he was an owner or part owner.”

Bolsinger covered local politics at the DNR 2000 – 2003. He also served as DNR city editor, and has written a book.

22 Responses to “former DNR writer charged in Oregon”

  1. cook says:

    The crime is alleged to have occurred eight years ago, even before ASB’s stint in Harrisonburg. Such allegations usually have little corroborating evidence and are notoriously difficult to prove, especially when levied against public (although local) figures. I know nothing about the case, of course, other than what you have linked us to. I trust that, if ASB is acquitted, “you will have the decency to clear [his] name with the same publicity with which you have now besmirched it.”

    (I just wanted to use that quote.)

  2. finnegan says:

    Yep. I have feeds for this, and will follow up when I hear something.

    I also intend to follow up on the Peter Gelderloos story, but the last I heard, Gelderloos was out on bail, and received special permission from a judge in Spain “to leave the country for two weeks for a book tour in the United Kingdom.”

  3. Kyle says:

    Weird, he was my neighbor in a duplex for a year when he moved here.

  4. Callie says:

    Isn’t there any type of statute of limitations on something like this? I thought there was a seven year rule.

  5. cook says:

    Callie, the statute of limitations on a criminal charge is a matter of state law. I am unfamiliar with Oregon law on this issue, but I do know that there is no statute of limitations on felony charges in Virginia.

  6. JGFitzgerald says:

    This blog has some info about Oregon’s limitations.

  7. cook says:

    Thanks for the link, Joe. The blog you link references the statute of limitations for a civil suit arising from the alleged rape. I followed a few more links to the Oregon criminal code which appears to set the statute of limitations in this situation at when “the victim attains 30 years of age.”

  8. JGFitzgerald says:

    Cook,

    I have to admit I didn’t read it carefully, and should have prefaced my preceding comment with “for further reading.” Thanks for finishing my homework for me.

  9. finnegan says:

    From today’s Mail Tribune (emphasis mine)

    Andrew Scot Bolsinger, editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings who was arrested on sex abuse charges Friday, was released from jail Tuesday after he posted $25,000 cash bail.

    Two of the most serious charges against him, first-degree rape and sodomy, were DROPPED in a hearing Tuesday morning in Marion County Circuit Court.

    Another charge, custodial interference in the first degree, ALSO was DROPPED. Bolsinger has yet to be indicted by a grand jury.

    […] Bolsinger still faces five counts of second-degree sexual abuse…

  10. I’ve talked with several local (Harrisonburg) media people about this over the past couple of days, one of whom told me that this “complainant” moved here to the Valley with Bolsinger and she actually worked in a local media outlet. Anybody else here this?

  11. finnegan says:

    ASB has been fired by the Ashland Daily Tidings.

    It sounds like the real story here is his business trouble. The sex charges — whether legit or false — drew attention to shady accounting.

    The Mail Tribune has a lengthy story about it.

  12. finnegan says:

    New development:

    The former editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings was served with more than half of 80 subpoenas issued against him Friday when he appeared in court to answer to unrelated felony sex abuse charges.

    The subpoenas came from an aggravated theft investigation involving Pipons Restaurant and two former printing businesses, Lithia Stationery and The Main Source[…]

    Bolsinger left the school in May of 2000 during the middle of the alleged period of abuse, later taking a newspaper job in Harrisonburg, Va.

  13. finnegan says:

    Another ASB update:

    “Investigators said Friday that it could take “months and months” to ferret out whether the series of unpaid debts and folded businesses of former Ashland Daily Tidings Editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger amount to theft and racketeering charges or should be chalked up to bad business deals.”

  14. finnegan says:

    FYI: Andrew Scot Bolsinger apparently jumped bail.

  15. finnegan says:

    Update: ASB found:

    Bolsinger claims the Medford Mail Tribune quote, “harassed” his mother and grandmother, and “took their unwillingness to comment to the press (on the advice of my attorney) and twisted it to suggest I was not properly complying with the terms of my bail.”

  16. just curious says:

    just curious is anyone found out about the decision of his bail agreement.

  17. Follow-up: Bolsinger was sentenced to 20 months in prison:

    Andrew Scot Bolsinger was sentenced this afternoon to almost two years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl he taught, coached and mentored while teaching at a Salem-area Christian academy in 2000.

  18. JGFitzgerald says:

    Fascinating: A right-wing newspaper that’s seen two out of six city editors in the past twenty years charged with sex crimes involving children. I wonder how they feel reporting such crimes against other people.

  19. Delataire says:

    I wouldn’t call the DNR a right wing paper. Though as a city council member and mayor, wasn’t there anything you could do to influence the style of reporting?

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