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  • Sex abuse charges against OSF actor dropped

  • Sexual abuse charges against a veteran Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor have been dropped after a prosecutor determined them to be indefensible in court.
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  • Sexual abuse charges against a veteran Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor have been dropped after a prosecutor determined them to be indefensible in court.
    Tyrone Kenneth Wilson, of Ashland, was arrested by Ashland police in February on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree sodomy stemming from a sexual relationship he had with a woman in November.
    Following his arrests, Wilson's friends and supporters raised $50,000 through an online campaign fund to bail him out of jail and an additional $40,000 for a legal defense fund in his name.
    Wilson pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, and the case against him was dismissed today in Jackson County Circuit Court following a motion filed by Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe, who was prosecuting the case, Oregon Judicial Department records show.
    Neither Hoppe nor Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert returned phone calls seeking comment about the dismissal.
    The motion to dismiss filed by Hoppe stated that the case was "untenable."
    The alleged victim, who wished to remain anonymous, said she has been a victim of sexual abuse in the past and feels that her history and resulting court matters played an inappropriate role in Hoppe's decision to drop her case.
    "I've had some really awful things happen to me in my life ... it shouldn't matter that my prior victimization exists," the woman said.
    Ashland police investigated the case for more than two months before determining the relationship between Wilson and the woman began as a consensual sexual encounter that "turned into an unwanted act," Deputy Chief Corey Falls said at the time of Wilson's arrest.
    Attempts to reach Wilson this evening were unsuccessful.
    — Sam Wheeler
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