By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Sex defendant granted conditional release

John Ryan, left, and Casie Nelson
John Ryan, left, and Casie Nelson

A physicians association executive from Bend, indicted by a Yamhill County grand jury on charges alleging sexual conduct with a child and dog in March 2014, has been released pending disposition of his case.

John Ryan, 47, is facing one count of solicitation to commit first-degree sodomy, a Class B felony; one count of solicitation to commit first-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony; two counts of sexual assault on an animal, a Class A misdemeanor; and two counts of solicitation to commit sexual assault on an animal, a Class B misdemeanor.

A co-defendant, Casie Nelson, 29, of McMinnville, was indicted on two counts of sexual assault on an animal.

Ryan was serving as executive director of the Central Oregon Independent Practice Association at the time, but was immediately placed on leave. The association, now under the interim direction of Dr. Stephen Mann, provides insurance discounts, contract negotiation assistance and other forms of support for more than 600 independent medical practices.

According to court records, Ryan was granted "third party release" to his brother, Tom, who lives in Vancouver, Washington.

Terms prevent him from having or attempting contact contact with minors, frequenting places where minors congregate, possessing a dog or leaving Clark County without court approval. They also bar him from possessing or using any computer or electronic device capable of text messaging, chat, audio-visual interface or other means of Internet communication, except to contact privately retained attorney Abraham Hanson of McMinnville.

His brother signed off on the agreement, which subjects him to contempt proceedings if he fails to notify the court of any violations. Contempt carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine.

The case was investigated by McMinnville police, under a referral from the state Department of Justice.

Case information is limited to what was filed by the district attorney’s office, as prosecutor Kate Petersen succeeded in having the probable cause affidavit sealed by the court. Such affidavits are designed to establish probable cause for an arrest, search or seizure, and are typically much more detailed.

Ryan is accused of soliciting Nelson to engage in a deviant sex act with a minor child, having sex with the victim and engaging Nelson in sexual contact with a dog. She has been charged with having sexual conduct with the animal.

Nelson is also facing charges in two unrelated cases.

In October, she was arrested on one count each of reckless endangering and unlawful use of a weapon, after allegedly discharging a handgun in a room at McMinnville's Motel 6, sending a bullet through a bathroom wall into the living area. She was later arraigned on one count each of first- and second-degree failure to appear, after allegedly missing scheduled court proceedings.

McMinnville police said she called them to say she had purchased the gun with the intention of killing herself, and had fired it in the motel room. When contacted, they said, she produced the gun and a box of ammunition.

Police said they located a bullet hole in the room identified by Nelson, who is now being held on $142,500 bail.

Nelson is next due in court, in connection with all three of her cases, at 11:15 a.m. Monday. Ryan is next due in court on the sex case at 11:15 p.m. Monday, May 4.



His wife and children must be so proud of Pops.


The only thing more troubling than these individuals is the attorney representing them. Abraham Hanson must be a person that cares more about his wallet than the community that regularly pays for his billable hours.


I have not heard anything about this case, what is the latest?

Paul Daquilante


John Ryan's next court appearance is Wednesday, July 15. It's set for a trial report conference.

Paul Daquilante/News-Register

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