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Kevin Randolph was convicted in November after sexually abusing two young children.

RandolphA Washington County judge has sentenced a Hillsboro man to 81 years in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old child and 2-year-old toddler.

Kevin Wayne Randolph, 49, was convicted of numerous sex abuse charges late last year, and was sentenced this month by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Eric Butterfield.

According to prosecutors, Randolph abused two children within his family between 2006 and 2011. The abuse began when one of the victims was 6 years old and continued until the victim was 11.

That victim, now a teenager, reported the abuse to the Washington County Sheriff's Office in 2016 after learning that Randolph had begun caring for two other family members. The victim gave authorities a detailed account of the abuse, and told Sheriff's deputies they had walked in on Randolph abusing a second victim, a toddler, in 2006. According to court documents, the second victim did not have any memories of the abuse.

In November 2017, Randolph was convicted of three counts of first-degree sodomy, three counts of incest, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

At his sentencing, Jan. 12, Randolph's family provided the court with a written statement calling for the maximum sentence, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

The statement "explained the effects of years of the defendant's abuse and the fear he instilled in his victims," and commended the first victim for stepping forward to talk about what happened.

"This case is another reminder that the victims of child sex crimes often wait to report past abuse," district attorney's office spokesman Andrew Freeman said in a news release. "Child sex abuse occurs at a time and place of the abuser's choosing, frequently when there are no other witnesses and physical evidence can be hidden or destroyed. Oregon law recognizes that often the only evidence of abuse is the testimony of the victim."

People wishing to report child sex abuse are asked to contact the Washington County Department of Human Services child abuse reporting hotline at 503-681-6917, or to call 911.

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