Gresham man sentenced for child sex and elder financial abuse
A 28-year-old Gresham man received a 17-year prison sentence Monday afternoon, Jan. 7, following an extensive investigation into child sex crimes and elder financial abuse.
Lucas Ebert plead guilty on Nov. 9 to first-degree aggravated theft, contracting without a valid license, identity theft, witness tampering, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, four counts of first degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree invasion of privacy.
"In his lifetime, (Ebert) has left a depressingly long string of victims in his wake," said Multnomah County Deputy Attorney Chuck Mickley, who prosecuted Ebert's case. "Since his first felony adjudication in 2005, the defendant has victimized and financially devastated friends, family, strangers, customers and businesses."
An indictment filed in 2017 charged Ebert with sexually abusing a minor child and videotaping the abuse. During that investigation, the Gresham Police Department and Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team discovered Ebert was operating a construction business without appropriate licensure. Law enforcement also discovered he was involved in a relationship with a woman who was older then 65, and said he was committing elder financial abuse.
The investigating detective concluded Ebert had stolen approximately $175,000 from the adult woman.
In his guilty plea, Ebert admitted that in June he unlawfully and knowingly committed theft of more than $10,000, that he agreed to perform construction work without a license from the Oregon Construction Contractors Board, and that he, with the intent to deceive, obtained the personal identification of another person to commit witness tampering.
Ebert also said that in April 2017, he induced a girl younger than 14 to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Furthermore, Ebert admitted that he subjected the child victim to sexual contact by touching intimate parts of her body on multiple occasions.
In addition to his 17 years in prison, Ebert was ordered to register as a sex offender, pay $2,894 to CARES Northwest, Multnomah County's child abuse assessment center, and pay $60,000 in restitution and fines to three separate victims.