Former Woodburn Asst. City Attorney Convicted of Public Indecency
On April 6 former Woodburn Assistant City Attorney, Jonathan Stuart, was found guilty of two counts of Public Indecency by the Honorable Susan Tripp following a trial to the court in Marion County Circuit Court.
Stuart was taken into custody following trial and held without bail pending sentencing. He was sentenced on April 13 by the Honorable Courtland Geyer, to 30 days at the Marion County Jail and 60 months of supervised probation. One of the conditions of Stuart's probation is that he complete approved sex offender treatment at the direction of his probation officer.
These convictions resulted from two separate incidents that occurred during the fall of 2015, at the Woodburn City Hall. At that time, Stuart was employed as a Woodburn Assistant City Attorney and worked at that location. A member of the community contacted law enforcement regarding what they observed when they were parked across the street from City Hall. On more than one occasion this witness saw Stuart exposing his genitals to the public from the windows of his first floor office while he masturbated. The exposure occurred during normal business hours as members of the community were conducting daily activities in the surrounding area of City Hall. The witness was a mother accompanied by her three minor children, one of whom also saw the incident. The mother took video with her cell phone, which was later provided to law enforcement and presented at trial.
"Mr. Stuart's conduct was a shocking betrayal of not only the public's trust, but a violation of the high ethical standards we expect at City Hall," said Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson. "I'm very proud of our City staff and the courage of our community members who stepped forward to report this crime and helped convict Mr. Stuart. I want residents to know that the City will pursue all allegations of wrongdoing, regardless of who it might be, to the fullest extent of the law. Also, the City is appreciative of the Marion County District Attorney's Office for all the excellent work they did to hold Mr. Stuart accountable for his actions."