McMINNVILLE — A Newberg man convicted earlier this month of sexually abusing a young girl over the course of a two-year period between 2005 and 2007 was sentenced to 10 yeas in prison Aug. 16.
Charles Foote, 51, entered an Alford guilty plea to three counts of first-degree sex abuse, three counts of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration, two counts of second-degree sodomy, one count of second-degree sex abuse and one count of third-degree sodomy on Aug. 8 in Yamhill County Circuit Court. Similar to pleading no contest, an Alford plea does not admit guilt but recognizes there is enough evidence in the case to reach a conviction.
Judge John Collins sentenced Foote to serve 75 months for the first count of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, consecutively with 45 months of a 75-month sentence for the first charge of unlawful sexual penetration.
The remaining 30 months of the unlawful sexual penetration conviction, as well as all remaining prison time for the additional eight counts, will be served concurrently with the first count, leaving the total prison sentence at 10 years. If served consecutively, all 10 counts would have amounted to a total of 55 years and three months of prison time.
Foote will not be eligible for any reduction in sentence or release program and will be subject to 45 months of post-prison supervision, must enroll in a sex offender program and have no contact with the victim.
All 10 counts covered a period from Aug. 29, 2005 to Aug. 30, 2007.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, the victim, then 23 years old, told officer Todd Baltzell in an interview on Sept. 21, 2016, that Foote began molesting her when she was 11 or 12 years old and continued until she turned 16. The victim said the sexual activity occurred two to three times a week after her mother was already in bed when Foote tucked her in to bed.
She also reported deciding to come forward about Foote because she was pregnant and was concerned for the safety of her child.
Two days later, Baltzell had the victim call Foote to speak about sexual activity and she told him she feared he would do the same thing with her child and he promised he wouldn't.
Baltzell stated in the probable cause affidavit that during the call Foote never denied sexual activity occurred between them and "stated he knew this would come back to haunt him." Baltzell arrested Foote that same day, Sept. 23, 2016.