A homeless John Day man charged with sex crimes against multiple victims pleaded guilty to two charges Thursday.
George Earl McLean, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of strangulation, both felonies, in a plea agreement in which 16 other charges were dismissed, including rape, sexual abuse, sexual penetration, strangulation, harassment and menacing.
Grant County Circuit Court Judge William D. Cramer Jr. sentenced McLean to 75 months in prison for the sex abuse charge, the mandatory minimum for the Measure 11 crime, which prevents McLean from being eligible for sentence reductions.
McLean was required to register as a sex offender and lost the right to possess firearms.
In the plea agreement, McLean admitted to forcibly touching a minor’s breast in February and to strangling another female victim in July. He also admitted to having three prior “assault/menacing type crimes” in his story.
Both victims appeared in court, and a statement prepared by the adult victim detailing the emotional effects of the crime was read in court.
Grant County Deputy District Attorney Mara Houck said the victims supported the plea deal.
“We had a strong case against Mr. McLean,” she said in a statement. “But we felt that this plea deal resulted in a satisfactory sentence without retraumatizing the victims by forcing them to testify at trial.”