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David Bruce Mitchell, 71, must also register as sex offender and go through five years of probation

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - David Bruce MitchellA 71-year-old man was sentenced to three years in prison after attempting to sexually assault a child.

David Bruce Mitchell appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon, Jan. 2, and pleaded guilty to one count of first degree attempted sexual abuse and attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

Mitchell received a 36 month sentence, five years of formal probation and will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Upon his release, he will not be allowed to have any unsupervised contact with children. He also will not be allowed to live at any residence with any child present.

The investigation began Nov. 2, when Gresham Police received information that a child disclosed to school staff that a person she knew sexually abused her. As a result of the allegation, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team worked with Gresham Police, the Portland Police Bureau's Child Abuse Team and the Oregon Department of Human Services to investigate the claims.

By pleading guilty, Mitchell admitted he unlawfully attempted to touch a sexually intimate part of the child's body and that he unlawfully and intentionally attempted to permit, compel or induce the child to participate in and engage in sexually explicit conduct.

"We know how difficult, scary and stressful it can be for a child to come forward and talk about being victimized," said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Amber Kinney, who prosecuted this case. "Every child will react differently to trauma. There can be emotional, behavioral and physical effects when a child is the victim of a crime. The recovery is long and difficult."

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office recognized Gresham Police Detective Aaron Dressler and Officer Robert Harley for their efforts in investigating the case.

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