A 31-year-old Roseburg man who abused a girl in his care after school hours was sentenced Thursday to more than eight years in prison for sex abuse and sodomy.
Joshua Robert Justice pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sex abuse and one count of first-degree sodomy on Aug. 22. He returned to court for sentencing Thursday.
Circuit Court Judge Ronald Poole sentenced Justice to six years and three months for each of the first-degree sex abuse charges and eight years and four months for the sodomy charge. The sentences will be served simultaneously.
Justice knew the victim through a family member of the girl, Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan said.
The victim, as a 15-year-old, told a counselor about the abuse in March 2011. The teenager said the abuse occurred in her Roseburg home between April 2004 and January 2007, when she was younger than 12.
Sullivan said Justice took care of the victim after school.
Defense attorney Nancy Cook said Justice is ready to go to prison for his crimes.
Justice told Poole he knew he was wrong in committing the abuse.
“I pled guilty to my crimes,” he said. “I have nothing to make myself look good. I was wrong.”
No family or friends for Justice or the victim attended the sentencing.
Justice has been in jail since he was arrested on Dec. 19, 2012.
Sullivan said the sentences will run concurrently because the charges relate to one incident of abuse. Justice must register as a sex offender and will have lifetime post-prison supervision after he is released.
The crimes are all Measure 11 offenses and carry mandatory sentences.
Poole reminded Justice of the severity of the crimes and the lasting impact they could have.
“These kinds of crimes impact the victim,” he said. “It’s not uncommon (for effects to last) for the rest of her life.”
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