Medford rape suspect charged with stalking victim from jail

Medford police added a charge of stalking against a man accused of raping his former girlfriend after he reportedly called her multiple times from jail and sent her a card.

Chad Dean Barriga, 32, was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree rape, fourth-degree assault and strangulation in connection with a rape that allegedly happened June 13.

The victim was receiving treatment at a local hospital when she saw a Medford officer there on an unrelated matter. She approached the officer, saying that she had been physically and sexually assaulted by Barriga, Medford police said.

After the arrest, Barriga alledgedly phoned the victim three times and sent her a card from jail, Medford police Chief Tim George said.

"The contact was unwanted by the victim and it was repeated so we charged Mr. Barriga with stalking," George said.

Barriga has numerous previous arrests for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. He is a registered sex offender with a first-degree sexual abuse conviction in 1998 on his record.

First-degree rape is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of eight years, four months upon conviction.

A sexual abuse victims' advocate from Community Works was dispatched to provide help for the victim, George said.

Barriga remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $1 million bail.

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