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Hector Carmona-Saldana, 29, pleaded guilty to sex abuse and taking illicit photos of a child

COURTESY MCSO - Hector Carmona-SaldanaA Woodburn man pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree sexual abuse, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, and second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.

Hector Carmona-Saldana, 29, was sentenced to seven years, 11 months in prison by a Marion County Circuit Court judge for the charges. He will not be considered for a reduction in sentence, any release programs or temporary leave from custody. He is ordered to register as a sex offender and will be required to complete 45 months of post-prison supervision.

Carmona-Saldana was arrested by Woodburn police in June 2016. He was accused of sexually abusing and taking illicit visual recordings of a child under the age of 14 between April 1, 2016, and June 10, 2016.

According to court records, the Woodburn Police Department was contacted by a Department of Human Services child welfare investigator after the victim spoke to a school employee about the defendant inappropriately touching her.

Woodburn police arrested Carmona-Saldana after collecting digital evidence from his cellphone.

Carmona-Saldana was originally charged with three additional counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration, four additional counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, and four additional counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Those charges were dismissed with his guilty plea.

Carmona-Saldana's defense attorney made a motion to suppress the digital evidence collected from his cellphone, claiming that his phone had been seized by Woodburn police officers without proper consent. That motion was denied by the trial judge.

A settlement conference was held on July 26, which resulted in Carmona-Saldana's plea deal.

First-degree sexual abuse and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct are Oregon Measure 11 crimes with mandatory minimum sentences. First-degree sexual abuse has a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct has a mandatory minimum sentence of 70 months.

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