A sheriff’s deputy found that Braaten had pulled his Dodge Durango SUV into the parking lot of a post office in Bridal Veil, a town outside Portland, authorities said. When the woman saw the lights of the deputy’s patrol vehicle, she kicked the horn to alert the deputy to the vehicle, according to the affidavit.
Braaten was in the process of sexually assaulting the woman when the deputy found them, the deputy wrote in the affidavit.
Judge Leslie Bottomly gave Braaten a chance to make a statement in court Wednesday, but he declined.
Braaten’s defense attorney, Lynne Dickison, told The Oregonian of her client, “He feels very badly about what occurred.”