Sex offender nets 12 1/2-year sentence
A Madras man, Jose Manuel Vargas, 63, was sentenced Sept. 24, in the Jefferson County Circuit Court to 12 1/2 years in prison for sexually abusing a young female relative.
The Madras Police Department began its investigation into the incident in September 2017, following a referral from the Department of Human Services.
At the time of the interview, Vargas had left the state, and was believed to be moving to Arizona. Circuit Court Judge Annette Hillman signed a nationwide warrant on Sept. 13, 2017, for his arrest.
The Phoenix Police Department located Vargas and arrested him on Oct. 17, 2017, charging him with numerous sexual abuse crimes.
On Sept. 24, he pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, Class C felonies, which occurred between Jan. 1, 2015, and July 13, 2017, and on Sept. 17, 2017. First-degree sexual abuse is a Measure 11 crime in Oregon, subject to a mandatory minumum sentence of six years and three months.
Hillman sentenced Vargas to 150 months in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections and 10 years of post-prison supervision, minus time served. He must also register as a sex offender.
Charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, and two additional counts of first-degree sexual abuse were dismissed.