Man who raped child in Oregon and Washington gets 27 years

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who repeatedly raped and abused a child in Oregon and Washington state and placed a hidden camera to capture video of another child using a bathroom was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Karin J. Immergut sentenced Anthony Dewey on Tuesday, calling his crimes “incredibly unconscionable behavior” that caused “horror” to his victims and their families, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Dewey will be under surveillance for the rest of his life after the prison sentence. The 60-year-old pleaded guilty in November to two counts of sexually exploiting a child to produce a visual depiction of the abuse.

“Our hearts break for the children tragically abused and exploited in this and all child exploitation cases. We offer each of them this message: This experience will not define you. You are bigger and more stronger than your abuser. You will grow to live an extraordinary life of meaning and purpose,” Scott E. Asphaug, a U.S. attorney from Oregon, said in a statement.

Law enforcement officers raided Dewey’s home northwest of Portland in Columbia County in 2017 after receiving reports he had sexually abused a child. Investigators seized videos showing Dewey abusing a child, ages 4 to 11, at his homes in Oregon and Washington state, prosecutors say.

The FBI investigated the case, with assistance from the Longview and St. Helens Police Departments.

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