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Jury convicts Joseph Edgley Walsh with 18 out of 19 sex abuse charges

WalshA Washington County jury on Tuesday ruled a Tigard man was guilty of multiple cases of sexual abuse.

Joseph Edgley Walsh, 44, was convicted of 19 out of the 20 charges against him. He faces a possible life sentence for each victim he was convicted of abusing, in conjunction with two prior sentences of sexual abuse. Oregon law states that if a defendant has been sentenced for two other sex crimes, his sentencing means life imprisonment without the possibility for parole.

All counts against Walsh were related to child sexual abuse except one of attempted delivery of marijuana to a child. Walsh was acquitted of one charge of sexual abuse in the first degree, said prosecutor Megan Johnson, and it is unknown why the jury released this charge.

The trial for Walsh began last week and concluded on Friday. The abuse spanned five years, starting in 2008. Walsh is accused of befriending the children’s parents and fabricating a story about his own dead wife and child, whom in reality never existed.

Jury deliberations began at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, and concluded later shortly after 3 p.m., Johnson said. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered by Circuit Judge Rick Knapp to be turned into the court, with sentencing set for June 6 at 1:30 p.m.

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