Local men sentenced for sex abuse crimes
One man received a 14 and a half year prison sentence to be followed by a long probation period ... the other charged with lesser crimes goes to jail and then served 5 years on probation with a laundry list of conditionsThe sentence handed down in circuit court Wednesday was the end of what the county District Attorney labeled the worst he has seen in 17 years of prosecution.
Early last month, Marty Lane May entered a plea of no contest or not guilty on the charges of unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree "of a person under the age of 14 years, to wit: a two-year old child" and first degree sexual abuse.
Early in February, Williams told the court at that hearing, the mother of the child had discovered what had happened and reported it to the police. The process of interviews and medical examinations made it clear that the abuse had taken place. The defendant was then interviewed and at first admitted to most but not all of what evidence indicated took place.
When confronted with the medical evidence, Williams said Mays broke down and admitted that he had just come down from a five-day methamphetamine binge and "his memory about the incident was fuzzy." Soon after making that statement, the accused admitted his guilt.
As part of the stipulated plea, Williams asked that the offender submit to a pre-sentencing investigation, "for the purpose of getting background for the court when deciding on the sentence."
During Wednesday's sentencing hearing, Judge Gary Thompson sentenced May to 100 months in prison on the first charge, and 75 months on the first degree sex abuse charge. The two are to run consecutively, totaling more than 14 and a half years.
Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown commented that the beauty of it all is the addition of 30 years, less the 175 months, of post prison supervision May faces.
Crook County District Attorney Gary Williams said this was a very disturbing case. "I almost couldn't believe it when reading the police report. It is hard to fathom child abuse of that degree."
Williams said as a prosecutor, he has to deal with pedophiles on a weekly basis, "but this was extreme. It is the second youngest victim I have dealt with in 17 years of prosecution."
The sentence was what the state had requested, Williams added, "I'm very pleased with it. It was what we asked for and what he deserved. It is the maximum the judge could impose."
Another sex abuse sentencing was handed down last week. Dobbs W. Pressley had plead guilty to three counts of misdemeanor sex crimes. The charges that had been brought against Pressley, once holder of a state champion arm wrestling title, were considered misdemeanors because of the age of the victims.
Williams explained that "the gravity of the crimes and length of sentence in Oregon law is determined by the age of the victim rather than the conduct of the offender."
The crimes Pressley had been charged with on his arrest involved three victims. The incident with one victim took place in 1997 and with the another victim in 1998 and 2000. That left three cases against Pressley ... charges of sexual abuse in the third degree, which Williams explained was sexual intercourse with a minor, and two counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.
The ages of the two girls, Williams said, were 15 or 16 and 7. "One girl reported the crime two years after it happened and she believed she was 15 at the time, but was not absolutely sure. If she had been 15, it would be a felony ... 16 and it's a misdemeanor. Pressley was allowed to plead to the misdemeanor."
Judge George Neilson sentenced the offender to a year in jail on each count, consecutive to each other for a total of three years. The judge then suspended execution of the sentence and placed the defendant on probation for five years, with a long list of special conditions.
The list of conditions is lengthy and includes paying a monthly fee to the probation officer, pay $1,000 court costs, submit to various tests, register as a sex offender, participate in a treatment program, have no unsupervised contact with any female under the age of 18, including his daughter, not use any alcoholic beverage or enter any establishment where alcohol is the chief item of sale.
"If Pressley violates that probation," Williams said, "the court may execute the three year jail sentence. He could have gotten more or he could have gotten less. The judge took into account the fact that Pressley was cooperative during the investigation."