Thursday, October 2, 2003
An Oklahoma construction worker will go to prison for more than eight years after admitting to inappropriate sexual contact with three Cascade Locks girls.
Christopher Deweese, 21, pleaded guilty in Hood River Circuit on Monday to first degree Unlawful Sexual Penetration, first degree Sex Abuse and second degree Sodomy. The Measure 11 felonies carried a mandatory sentence of 100 months, followed by more than 11 years of supervised parole.
In addition to time behind bars, Judge Donald Hull directed Deweese, who has an 18-month-old daughter and a pregnant wife, to register as a sex offender for life. He also recommended that Deweese enter a sex offender treatment program, not be allowed any contact with minors or access to pornography during his long parole period.
Just prior to sentencing, Deweese was asked by Hull if there was any “good reason” why he had been associating with young girls. Deweese replied, “No, it was a bad mistake.”
Said Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator Shelley Webb, “I’ve had a lot of these cases lately and parents need to be aware of who their child is spending time with. It is not okay for an unknown adult to be spending unsupervised time with children.”
She said the case against Deweese was developed when Deputy Noel Princehouse and Detective Gerry Tiffany began following up on rumors about his behavior. The stories of his escapades began to surface this summer after he arrived to work on a natural gas pipeline. Webb said he was staying at a motel in the town and began spending a lot of time with area youth. She told Hull that because the community is small it was not uncommon for pre-teens and teens to congregate together and he just took advantage of that situation.
The first complaint against Deweese’s misbehavior reached Princehouse through an acquaintance of a 13-year-old victim. She reported lying on her bed to watch television with Deweese and another friend and falling asleep, only to be awakened by his fondling of her breasts. Although she got up and left the room, the girl was upset about the situation and decided to tell someone about it. Once that information became public, two other girls came forward with similar stories. Another 13-year-old and several witnesses told Princehouse that Deweese had “triple dog dared” her to perform oral sex on him. She said the incident occurred after he showed up with two other juveniles at the home where she was babysitting. The girl said she complied for a brief period of time out of peer pressure but felt very “ashamed” and stopped the action.
The final report was made by an 11-year-old, who said Deweese had “made out” with her at the local skatepark and had penetrated her vaginally with his fingers.
When approached by the sheriff’s office, Deweese gave a full confession to all of the charges.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge