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Former SHS principal sentenced to two years in prison on sex abuse charge involving a minor

by: COURTESY OF KOIN CHANNEL 6 NEWS - Robert Paul Patton was sentenced in Multnomah County Court MondayA former Sherwood High School principal has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy and still must face federal charges on allegations of possessing child pornography.

As part of a stipulated plea agreement, Robert Paul Patton, 44, pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree sex abuse in Multnomah County Circuit Court Monday.

The case involved Patton having sexual contact with the youth, who lives in Washington County, according to Amity Girt, a Multnomah County deputy district attorney.

In addition to the sentence, Patton, a Portland resident at the time of the incident, will be under post-prison supervision for three years and was ordered to pay $10,000 to his victim.

Girt said Patton will now face federal charges on allegations that he possessed child pornography. Last summer, Patton was charged in Multnomah County with numerous counts of possession of child pornography but those charges were dismissed so that he could be charged at a federal level, said Girt.

This isn’t the first time Patton has been in trouble for pursuing underage relationships.

In July 2003, Patton pleaded guilty to two charges that he had sex with an underage boy in Tigard and Tualatin motels in December 2002. The boy, who was 16-years-old at the time, was a Clackamas County resident and not a Sherwood High School student. Patton, who served as principal for 21/2 years, had met that youth in an internet chat room.

Back then, Patton’s attorney, Michael R. Levine, had argued to forgo a prison sentence for Patton, pointing to his prior clean record and the fact he cooperated with investigators.

“He’s not a predator, he’s not a psychopath, he’s not a sociopath, he’s a human being that made a mistake,” Levine said at the time.

Patton was sentenced to six months in jail, five years of probation and forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. As part of his 2003 conditions of probation, Patton was prohibited from possessing pornography and barred from using computers or the internet for a period of time.



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