Adam Lee Brown, a serial child molester in Roseburg two decades ago, pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Multnomah County courtroom to attacking a 10-year-old boy in a public restaurant and was sentenced to 33 years in prison.
A prosecutor said he believes the 50-year-old Brown, who has HIV, won’t live long enough to be released again.
“This amounts to a life sentence, given that he’s 50 and that he’s in poor health because of his HIV status,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Donald Rees said.
Brown attacked the boy July 1 at a Wendy’s restaurant in Portland. Brown ordered the boy at knifepoint to take off his clothes. When Brown began touching the boy, the youngster fought back and broke the knife in half. The boy was stabbed six times and choked before he escaped from the restroom after about 10 minutes.
Daniella Liles, 22, of Winston, one of nine Roseburg children whom Brown sexually abused at a day care in the early 1990s, said she was pleased with the sentence.
“He won’t be coming out of there alive,” Liles said.
Brown’s arrest in 1992 drew national headlines because the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office charged him with multiple counts of attempted murder for potentially exposing his young victims to HIV.
Brown eventually pleaded guilty to sodomy and reckless endangering and received a 16-year sentence. Authorities thought at the time that the punishment amounted to a lifetime sentence because of Brown’s HIV status. He survived, however, and was released in 2004 after serving less than 12 years. He has been in and out of jail since then for drug use and other parole violations.
Rees said that Brown indicated last week that he was willing to plead guilty to all 10 charges related to the July attack.
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Julie Frantz accepted the sentence agreed upon by the prosecutor and defense. Brown pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of strangulation, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.
The plea agreement spared the 10-year-old boy and his family from having to relive the attack, Rees said.
The family did not attend the hearing Wednesday.
“They did not want to see Brown’s face,” Rees said. “They were more interested in healing.”
Liles said she plans to attend Brown’s funeral when he dies as another part of her healing. Liles was 2 years old and the youngest of Brown’s victims.
Since 1993, when Brown was sentenced for abusing children in Roseburg, Oregon has toughened penalties for sexually abusing children.
Measure 11, passed in 1995, set longer sentences for violent and sexual crimes. The measure does not allow early release for good behavior.
In 2006, Oregon adopted Jessica’s Law, named after Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old Florida girl abducted from her home and raped and murdered in 2005. The law mandates a minimum 25-year sentence for first-degree rape or kidnapping of a child younger than 12.
“This is exactly the kind of case that Jessica’s Law was intended for, a vicious sexual attack,” Rees said.
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