The sexual assault trial of Longview used car dealer has been delayed to January.
Jay Dean Douglas, 57, was arrested in March on suspicion of the rape, molestation, trafficking, and commercial sex abuse of a child. He owns the site of the now-gutted Triangle Motors in Longview, which burned down in May.
He pleaded not guilty in late March and had a trial set for June. But he failed to appear in both May and September, and was arrested both times on suspicion of contempt of court. His trial is currently scheduled for January 15.
He is currently charged with second-degree child rape, two counts of second-degree child molestation, commercial sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree human trafficking, first-degree dealing in sexual depictions of a minor, two counts of bail jumping, and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture or deliver.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is currently out on a $200,000 bail. The state intends to seek an exceptional sentence.
A Longview Fire Department investigation could not determine the cause of the Triangle Motors fire and police sought no charges for it. Douglas had been the only suspect; he told told investigators at the time that he was in the repair garage when he saw the office building on fire.
Douglas served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged, according to his bail study. In 2010, he was sentenced to one year in prison for possessing child pornography and trying to extort his former defense attorney, Jim Morgan, whom he had accused of poorly representing him. Douglas bashed Morgan on a reader board at his used car lot and started a website to publicly scold Morgan.