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Moles convicted of first-degree sexual abuse

Jury acquits on four other charges.

By Sean Hart

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on January 19, 2018 3:25PM

Last changed on January 19, 2018 4:39PM

Bradley David Moles

Contributed photo/Grant County Corrections

Bradley David Moles

A jury convicted Bradley David Moles of one count of first-degree sexual abuse Jan. 17.

Moles, 31, of John Day was remanded into the custody of Grant County Corrections until a sentencing hearing at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 in Grant County Circuit Court, according to a statement from the Grant County District Attorney’s Office.

The 12-person jury deliberated for about 14 hours before returning the verdict at about 9 p.m. Jan. 17. The jury considered five charges involving a single alleged victim younger than 14 between February and April 2016, according to the court documents. The jury found Moles guilty of first-degree sexual abuse, and not guilty of charges of first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, second-degree sodomy and incest.

First-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony, carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months in prison under Oregon’s Measure 11.

“Trying this case was a big job for a county as small as ours,” lead prosecutor Mara Houck, the deputy district attorney, said in a statement. “There really aren’t any truly happy outcomes in cases like this, but we have to focus on keeping our Grant County kids safe and healthy. And we appreciate the thoughtful public service by the jurors, on what was not an easy case to listen to.”

The trial began Jan. 8. It was the second trial, after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the first trial that began Sept. 11. Moles pleaded not guilty to all the charges April 27, 2016.


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