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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