The trial in a child sexual abuse case that was set to begin next week in Benton County has been canceled because the suspect is evading law enforcement, the prosecutor in the case said Monday.

Juan Antonio Genaro-Lopez is accused of sexually abusing a girl over a 10-year period, according to an indictment filed in the case last year. His five-day trial, scheduled to take five days, was set to begin next Monday in Circuit Court.

Deputy District Attorney Kristen Farnworth requested the trial be canceled because Genaro-Lopez is not residing at his current address and cannot be found. A warrant for his arrest has been issued.

Genaro-Lopez, a 41-year-old with a listed address in Corvallis, is charged with five counts of first-degree sexual abuse, three counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of attempted first-degree rape.

According to a probable cause affidavit from the Corvallis Police Department, a 17-year-old girl in Benton County reported that Genaro-Lopez sexually abused her in multiple incidents. According to the indictment, the reported abuse began in 2004 and continued through 2014. The alleged victim was born in 1999, according to the indictment.

Corvallis police arrested Genaro-Lopez in June 2016. Court records show Judge David Connell imposed a $500,000 bond in the case. Genaro-Lopez posted $50,000 bond the following month and was released from jail.

In September 2017, prosecutors requested that the court revoke Genaro-Lopez’s release after he allegedly dropped off a letter for his children at their school, according to court records. His release agreement had forbade him from contacting the children, court records show. A warrant for Genaro-Lopez's arrest was issued.  

His trial has been rescheduled twice before, according to court records. In August 2016, prosecutors requested the trial be reset because two of their witnesses were unavailable. In January 2017, defense attorney Mike Flinn asked that the trial be postponed because he had to hire a new investigator in the case.

During his June 2016 arrest, Genaro-Lopez allegedly resisted being taken into custody and was attempting to enter his vehicle in an effort to escape, according to a police report. Detectives reported applying "focused blows" to Genaro-Lopez during the arrest.

Detectives found a forged Social Security card and a forged permanent resident card in Genaro-Lopez's name during the arrest, according to the police report.

Genaro-Lopez faces additional charges of identity theft, second-degree possession of a forged instrument and resisting arrest, according to the indictment. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 


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