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May 10, 2013
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Roseburg man convicted of sex crimes against 8-year-old girl

A 70-year-old Roseburg man will serve at least 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting in 2010 an 8-year-old girl in Glide whom he met through a family member.

A two-day trial in Douglas County Circuit Court concluded Thursday with a jury finding Daniel Alton Lee guilty of two counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree sex abuse.

Because the victim was younger than 12 years old, Lee faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 300 months for sodomy. He also could be sentenced to another six years and three months for sexual abuse, the mandatory minimum sentence under Measure 11.

Deputy District Attorney Kathleen Johnson, who prosecuted the case, said after the jury’s verdict that she hasn’t determined whether she will argue that Lee serve the sentences consecutively. Because of his age, it may not make a difference whether Lee serves the terms consecutively or concurrently, she said.

Johnson said she was pleased that the victim could get on with her life.

Lee assaulted the girl at least twice between January and June 2010. He was arrested in February 2011 and released in January 2012 pending trial, according to Douglas County Jail records.

He was taken back into custody Thursday. A sentencing date has not been scheduled. Judge Bill Marshall presided over the trial.

Efforts to reach Lee’s public defender, Daniel Bouck, were not successful.

Lee had no previous criminal history.

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