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Marion County man sentenced to 22.5 years for sex abuse, child porn

By April 5, 2017 No Comments

Ronald HeighArticle from the Statesman Journal.

A Marion County man was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison after he pleaded guilty to seven child pornography and sexual abuse charges.

Ronald Heigh, 50, was arrested by Silverton police in September on seven counts of encouraging child sexual abuse. He was later indicted by a Marion County jury on additional charges.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in September, and he was detained by Silverton police the next day, taken to Marion County jail and held on $120,000 bail.

His arrest came almost 18 months after Silverton police began investigating him, officials said. According to court records, agents with the Oregon Department of Justice were also involved in the investigation.

According to court records, Heigh was accused of sexually abusing and sodomizing a boy under the age of 12 between 2008 and 2009. He also allegedly sexually abused a girl under the age of 14 between 2011 and 2013.

Heigh pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, second-degree sodomy and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. In his plea petition, he admitted to sexually abusing and assaulting two children as well as “duplicating at least three visual recordings of sexually explicit conduct involving a child and child abuse.”

On Monday, Heigh was sentenced to 75 months each for the sexual abuse and sodomy charges and 45 months each for the child pornography charges. Some sentences will run concurrently, giving Heigh a total prison sentence of 22 years and six months. He will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.


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About Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York