Former Roseburg attorney accused of rape back in custody

In court documents, police said Sean Handlery, 38, knew the girl, and she was 15 when the abuse began.

Posted: Jan 16, 2019 5:54 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2019 5:54 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A former Roseburg attorney accused of raping a teenage girl is back in custody Wednesday after he didn’t show up for his trial last year.

In court documents, police said Sean Handlery, 38, knew the girl, and she was 15 when the abuse began. They said it ended after a year in February 2016.

Police said the girl handed over text messages, Facebook messages and notebooks that clearly showed they were having sex. In some of the messages, Handlery wrote about his concerns about being arrested and going to jail if anyone found out. 

She told police they had sex at several different locations, including his house and office.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Handlery failed to appear in court in October. Deputies located Handlery Monday at 12:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Swiftwater Road in the Idleyld Park area. Officials had received information the man was possibly camping or living there. 

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