by Monte McCoin
On March 23, 2018, Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wetzel sentenced a former county deputy and probation officer to 35 years and one month in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing two young girls, separately, between 2004 and 2012.
Gordon Mead, 69, worked as a Clackamas County deputy between August 1975 and February 1982 before transferring to the county’s parole and probation office. State records show he resigned from that position in May 2001.
According to court documents, in November 2015 one of the victims, then 12 years old, told her parents and then police that Mead had begun molesting her when she was five. She directed investigators to a second victim whom Mead began to abuse at age seven. That girl confirmed the allegations. A third alleged victim testified during a pre-trial hearing that she, too, had been raped by Mead in the mid 1980s at age nine, but had been too afraid to tell anyone.
Mead was indicted for first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy of the two initial victims, but was not charged for raping the third victim.
Sources: www.usnews.com, www.oregonlive.com, www.seattlepi.com
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