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Woodburn man sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting child

By November 3, 2017 No Comments

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A Woodburn man was sentenced to 50 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to sodomizing a girl under the age of 12 over the course of three years.

Hermelindo Nava-Cortes, 48, was arrested in September on 12 counts of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

According to a secret indictment filed in Marion County, Nava-Cortes sexual assaulted the girl at least a dozen times from October 2014 to May 2017.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree sodomy and was sentenced 25 years in prison for each count. Two of his sentences will be served consecutively, giving him a total prison sentence of 50 years. He will not be eligible for a reduced sentence or work release.

His sentence also includes 100 years of post-prison supervision and he must register as a sex offender upon his release.

The eight remaining charges were dismissed.

First-degree sodomy is a Measure 11 offense requiring a mandatory minimum sentence of eight years and four months in prison.

According to court documents, prosecutors sought a longer sentence due to the victim’s young age, multiple incidents and Nava-Cortes using force during the assaults.

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Andria Seo

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


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