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Oregon Fisherman Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

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Oregon Fisherman Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

She was sexually abused by an Oregon fisherman in 2015. Now, in 2019, her perpetrator has been awarded life sentence of over 13 years.

A jury had convicted Dennis Lee Sturgell (66) in November on four counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and one count of second-degree sex abuse. The jury also came to know that woman did not or was unable to give consent. Sturgell was also found guilty of bribery charges and also of tampering with a witness.

A well-known figure on the West Coast, Sturgell met the woman at a Warrenton bar where they drank alcohol, say officials. He later drove her to his property in Naselle, Washington after offering her cocaine on the way. The woman then described as “blackout drunk,” took it and they “engaged in a number of sex acts.”

The woman said that Sturgell “is a predator and psychopath.” Confronting him, she said, “The term ‘monster’ doesn’t seem to do you justice.”

“Just because it comes out of people’s mouths doesn’t mean that’s the truth,” the crab fisherman was quoted as saying in the Circuit Court.

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