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Kidnapping, sexual abuse of 12-year-old nets prison

by: Submitted photo - Jesus Lopez-Toribio

A Madras man, Jesus Lopez-Toribio, 26, was sentenced July 12 to more than 12 years in prison for the kidnapping and sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl.
   According to District Attorney Steve Leriche, Lopez-Toribio befriended the mother of the girl, and used his position as a family friend to get close to the girl.
   On May 19, 2011, Lopez-Toribio took the girl and ran away to the Sacramento, Calif., area. Family reported the girl as a runaway, who was believed to be with a family friend.
   "On June 4, she turned herself in to California authorities and was returned to Oregon," said Leriche. But three weeks later, she ran away again, and returned to California, where Leriche said they were living on the streets.
   On Aug. 25, she was located, and Lopez-Toribio was arrested.
   "I think the conduct was egregious, and the sentence was justified by the length of Mr. Toribio's criminal enterprise, and the youth of the victim," said Leriche, who commended Detective Mel Brown, "for extensive work in this case, and tracking down Mr. Lopez-Toribio."
   Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Dan Ahern sentenced Lopez-Toribio to 75 months in prison for second-degree sodomy, and an additional 70 months in prison for second-degree kidnapping, as well as 10 years of post-prison supervision. Both offenses were Measure 11 crimes, subject to mandatory minimum sentences.
   Charges of first-degree sodomy and first-degree custodial interference were dismissed. He must also pay restitution of $418.36 to Pacific Source Community Solutions.