Gresham rapist gets 25 years
On Friday morning, a 21-year-old woman sat in court just feet from the man who kidnapped, raped, and sodomized her more than a year ago in Gresham.
"All you did was take," she said in an article by Outlook news partner KOIN 6 News. "You took my freedom. You took my dignity. You took my sense of safety. You took my independence. You took all of me without question, without remorse, without an apology, without permission. You took everything from me."
The woman is not being identified at her and her family's request. The attack happened on Nov. 30, 2016, by Orion Storm Mears, 26. During the young woman's recounting of the night, KOIN reported Mears showed no emotion.
According to Gresham police records, the woman, who was 19 at the time, was walking to work around 4 a.m. when she was approached by a stranger in the 2800 block of Southeast Powell Valley Road. The man, later identified as Mears, started to talk with her. The two had never met prior to the attack.
Court documents recount Mears took the woman's phone, pointed a firearm at her head and said, "Shut up or I'm going to shoot you." The woman said she begged Mears to stop the attack. Investigators later discovered the weapon Mears used was a realistic-looking fake firearm.
"I have so many questions for you," the woman said in court. "Why did you do what you did to me? Why'd you think it was OK?"
Mears was arrested on Dec. 6, 2016, after Gresham officers asked for help identifying the attacker.
He was also a suspect in a rape that happened almost 16 years ago, which prompted Gresham officers to do more digging. They said Mears had started grooming a young girl, who was a family friend, showing her pornography and then had physical contact with her.
Both lived in Gresham between 2000 and 2001 when the alleged abuse occurred. Both Mears and the girl were minors at the time, with Mears being six years her elder.
Mears confessed to both cases when he was interviewed by detectives in December 2016. In court on Jan. 5, the woman from the most recent attack continued to speak to Mears, who never made eye contact.
"You didn't take my life," she said. "I'm still alive. I'm free. I'm trying to live the life you thought you could take, the life you brought crumbling down."
Mears did not make any statement in the court, though his attorney said he had great regret and was sorry for what he did. He pleaded guilty to one count of rape, sodomy, robbery and kidnapping for the recent attack. He also plead no contest for the rape that happened 16 years ago.
Mears was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
"Today, I win," the young woman said. "I am OK."