A Reedsport man initially charged with rape in 2011 and facing at least eight years and four months in prison was sentenced Friday to five years on probation for a lesser charge.
Armorio Curtrell Plush, 25, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court to first-degree attempted sexual abuse.
He originally faced charges of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree rape, both Measure 11 crimes. A rape conviction would have carried a mandatory minimum sentence of 100 months.
Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan said the plea deal will relieve the victim, her son and her husband from having to testify.
Sullivan said the victim told her she didn’t want her family subjected to personal questioning and asked if a plea agreement could be made instead.
“The case has dragged on quite a while. During the entire time, the (victim) has been active and interested in the case. (The victim’s) story has never changed,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said the victim also told her she didn’t want to send Plush to prison, but that “her intention was for him to admit what he’s done and register as a sex offender.”
On Dec. 10, 2011, the victim, who was living near Reedsport at the time, left her home with her son after she got in a fight with her husband.
She was on her way to a cousin’s house when she ran into a friend. The friend told her she could stay with her. The two women began drinking at the friend’s house and the victim passed out, according to court documents.
The victim told officers she woke up the next morning and was being sexually assaulted.
Plush, who also lived at the residence, denied assaulting the victim, though an investigation found physical evidence, according to court records.
Plush’s court-appointed defense lawyer, Brian Walker, said there’s still a question of whether a rape occurred, but Plush accepted the plea deal.
“He’s making the only rational decision he can at this point,” Walker said.
Plush declined to address the court.
Circuit Judge George Ambrosini said if Plush doesn’t comply with his probation, he could face up to 45 months in prison, with credit for 265 days of time already served.
Besides registering as a sex offender, Plush will have to undergo treatment as part of his probation.
• Reporter Jessica Prokop can be reached at 541-957-4209 and firstname.lastname@example.org.