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Ethan Chemxananou spent a decade 'tormenting' his wife, three children in East Multnomah County

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT - Ethan Chemxananou A 45-year-old man who "tormented his family for more than a decade" with violence and threats received more than six years in prison.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced Ethan Chemxananou was sentenced to 75 months in prison Tuesday, March 10, on four counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment for causing physical injuries to his children.

The investigation began in September 2018 when Chemxananou's former wife came forward and disclosed domestic violence over a number of years that involved her and her three children. Due to the statute of limitations, he could be prosecuted on only four counts.

During the trial evidence was shown that in spring 2014, Chemxananou punched his 13-year-old son in the stomach and stomped on his back multiple times; in the summer 2014 Chemxananou knocked his son to the ground and strangled him until he lost consciousness; in winter 2014 Chemxananou hit his daughter in the head with a dinner plate; and in spring 2015 he pushed his son and punched his daughter, causing significant damage to her nose.

According to court documents, Chemxananou had convinced his children — who are now adults — that if they ever called police they would be sent into foster care and never see each other again. He also convinced his then wife the abuse was her fault and that if she called law enforcement, her children would be taken away.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Skye, who imposed the prison sentence, also gave Chemxananou three years of post-prison supervision.

"The full extent of the abuse and trauma Ethan Chemxananou inflicted upon his family is not adequately represented in the charging document itself because of the statute of limitations, but the seriousness of his conduct is certainly reflected with this sentence," said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Todd Jackson, who prosecuted this case. "Mr. Chemxananou tormented his family for more than a decade. Not only did he physically abuse them, he used his power, violence and fear to manipulate them and prevent them from contacting police."

Multnomah County recognized Gresham Police Detective Adam Wright for his efforts investigating the case.

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