Police: Springfield man arrested in domestic dispute, charged with first degree rape

Jonathan Patrick Lee Bivens (Lane County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A 28-year-old man has been arrested in Springfield and charged with first degree rape and strangulation.

Springfield Police Department says they responded to a report of domestic violence in the early morning hours of Monday, December 18.

An SPD officer interviewed the victim who related that after a night of drinking alcohol, she and 28-year-old Jonathan Patrick Lee Bivens returned to their residence where they both live.

The victim was experiencing nausea and felt incapacitated by the alcohol consumption, police said in the report.

"Bivens began assisting the victim but then initiated sexual relations with her, despite her level of intoxication," Springfield Police said. "Only after the victim protested multiple times, Bivens discontinued having relations with her."

The victim attempted to call a family member to come and help remove her from the residence, police said, but Bivens prevented her from doing so by wrestling the cell phone away from her. In doing so, Bivens placed her in a choke hold from behind.

The victim reported not being able to breathe during the strangulation, according to the report.

Responding officers arrested Bivens after interviewing him and charged him with Rape 1 and Strangulation (Domestic Violence) Abuse Prevention Act.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at (541) 726-3714.

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