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In re J.L.S.

Court of Appeals of Oregon

February 4, 2015

In the Matter of J. L. S., a Youth. STATE OF OREGON, Respondent,
v.
J. L. S., Appellant

Submitted November 4, 2014

Lincoln County Circuit Court, 118090J. Petition Number 118090. Charles P. Littlehales, Judge.

Susan D. Isaacs filed the brief for appellant.

Ellen F. Rosenblum, Attorney General, Anna M. Joyce, Solicitor General, and Erin C. Lagesen, Assistant Attorney General, filed the brief for respondent.

Before Sercombe, Presiding Judge, and Hadlock, Judge, and Tookey, Judge.

OPINION

Page 671

[268 Or.App. 830] TOOKEY, J.

Youth, who was 17 years old at the time of the events giving rise to his adjudication, appeals a juvenile court judgment finding him within the jurisdiction of the court for

Page 672

initiating a false report, ORS 162.375.[1] For the reasons that follow, we affirm.

One night after midnight, youth's sister discovered that youth, who did not have permission to leave the house, was not in his bedroom at their house in Depoe Bay. Youth's sister spoke to youth's father, and youth's father called youth.

Youth told his father that he had been kidnapped from the house at gunpoint and driven to Portland, but that he had escaped and had called two friends, who had come to pick him up. Youth's father met youth and his friends in Salem and drove youth back home. During the drive, youth's father told youth that they needed to call the police, and youth twice told his father not to do so. After they returned home, youth's father, who believed that his son had been kidnapped, called the police.

Miller, a detective with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, responded to the family's home in Depoe Bay. She first interviewed youth's father, who told her that youth had told him that youth had been kidnapped to Portland but had escaped.

Miller then interviewed youth. In the " first version" of his story, youth told Miller that, while he was in his bedroom, he had seen a man standing outside his window. According to youth, the man " was wearing sunglasses, a hoodie, and a scarf over his mouth. He had a gun, and he ordered [youth] to come outside."

[268 Or.App. 831] Youth told Miller that he climbed out of the window, and the man, who " had him at gunpoint[,]" then walked him to the car, put him in the backseat of a black sedan, and drove him to Portland. Youth said that, while they were driving around in Portland, they stopped at a stoplight, and youth jumped out of the car, ran, " zigzag[ged]," ...


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