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Bill advances that would give a break to some young sex offenders May 9, 2013

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Some young offenders convicted of having sex with underage partners would be able to request the crime be removed from their records under a bill narrowly passed by the Oregon House on Wednesday.

Voting 31 to 27, the House sent the bill to the Senate with little discussion.

Under the bill, in order for adult offenders to apply to have their records erased, coercion or force could not have been used in the sex act. Other conditions include completion of all required court-ordered programs and treatments.

Proponents say the current punishment for such sex offenders does not fit the crime. Opponents say people convicted of sex crimes often reoffend and should not be able to have their records expunged.

“Individuals who commit sex offenses … this isn’t their first time and it won’t be their last,” said Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins, who opposes the bill on behalf of the Oregon District Attorneys Association.

To say an act is consensual when it involves a person who is too young to give consent is indefensible and minimizes the law, Vitolins said.

The age of consent in Oregon is 18.

For offenders to have their records cleared under the proposed law, they could be no more than five years older than the victim, and the victim must be at least 14. For sex crimes committed by a minor, the victim must be at least 12 and the age difference can be no more than three years.




1. Debora - March 23, 2015

My son has been in for three years he has never been in any trouble before. He was 18 she was 13 there is a five year differnce my son has a mind of a 18 year old right now and his almost twenty four!!!!! He has spent enough time in please let him out .his name is David bridges and is houesd in penal ton.

2. Edward - July 21, 2015

I am a 23 year old serving a measure 11 sentence of 16 years 7 months, measure 11 needs changed and i’m not just saying that because i’m locked up.