Registered sex offender due in court today

PENDLETON – Mathew Daniel Rhorer, 36, is scheduled for a pretrial conference today (Friday) in the attempted murder case against him. He allegedly grabbed and assaulted a 16-year-old girl on May 29 in Pendleton near the old nursery off Highway 11.

Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said that a trial date has not yet been set.

“He’s been working with an evaluator in regards to his ability to understand the proceedings as well as just to evaluate him general to determine whether or not he had the ability to generate the mental state to commit such a crime,” Primus said.

At the time of the crime, Pendleton police reported that she was hospitalized locally until she could be transferred by air to Oregon Health & Science University. She suffered head injuries, facial fractures, and a loss of teeth.

Primus said the pretrial conference will determine the next steps the case will take. Meanwhile, the registered sex offender is being held on $750,000 bond on a number of charges. In addition to attempted murder, he is also charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault, and two counts of attempted unlawful use of a weapon.