Gresham resident sentenced for sex abuse
Tyler Wilkerson was sentenced to 18-years in prison after he pleaded "no contest" to 16 charges of sexual abuse crimes.
The abuse occurred against two girls in 2013. Wilkerson was found guilty of nine counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, six counts of sexual abuse in the second degree and attempted rape in the second degree in 2013.
"This was an egregious case," said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park, who prosecuted the case. "Over a two-month period in 2013, Tyler Wilkerson victimized two sisters, both of whom were minors, multiple times. The trauma and damage he has inflicted will be long lasting and this sentence holds him accountable for this betrayal and abuse."
At the time of these offenses, Wilkerson was a friend of the victims' mother and was allowed to stay with the family at their Troutdale residence, according to a press release from the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office started its criminal investigation in April 2017 after one of the victims disclosed she was abused.