Man pleads guilty to sexual abuse of teenager
After pleading guilty to the sexual abuse of a teenage girl, Michael John McCoy, 60, of Madras, was sentenced Oct. 23, to more than six years in prison.
McCoy, who was employed as a maintenance worker for School District 509-J at the time of his arrest on March 12, entered guilty pleas to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, Class B felonies, which occurred between March 7, 2015, and June 5, 2016.
Under Oregon's Measure 11, passed in 1994, first-degree sexual abuse is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months. Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Annette Hillman sentenced McCoy to six years and three months in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections and 10 years of post-prison supervision, minus time served.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office began an investigation March 7, into an inappropriate relationship that McCoy was having with a 15-year-old girl. Detective Jason Pollock received a report from the Department of Human Services that McCoy had disclosed the relationship to his counselor.
Pollock went to McCoy's home and spoke to McCoy's wife, who said that she had seen a few "red flags" in her husband's relationship with the girl, who had been living in Idaho since June 2017.
While Pollock was still speaking with McCoy's wife, McCoy arrived home from work, and Pollock asked to talk to him. Pollock and McCoy went to another room, where the detective read McCoy his Miranda rights and questioned him.
McCoy disclosed that over the past three years, he had health and marriage problems and had been confiding in the girl. During that time, he admitted that he had played a "tickle game" with the girl about 50 times, sometimes touching her inappropriately.
Five days after the interview, Pollock traveled to Idaho to interview the girl, who confirmed the inappropriate touching. Pollock returned to Madras and arrested McCoy, who remained in custody until his sentencing.
In addition to raising four biological children, the McCoys adopted nine children, and fostered many others over the course of about 20 years. There were no other allegations of abuse.
"This is the only child that we are aware of that was sexually abused by the defendant," said District Attorney Steve Leriche, who was satisfied with the sentence.
"We agreed with it, and with this particular case, the number of occurrences, the violation of trust — it was a case we were compelled to seek a prison result," he said.
The case was prosecuted by Brentley Steele Foster, and McCoy was represented by Casey Baxter.
After serving his sentence, McCoy must register as a sex offender, and pay restitution of $268 to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Account, and serve about 45 months of post-prison supervision. Two additional counts of first-degree sexual abuse and five of third-degree sexual abuse were all dismissed, as part of the plea negotiation.