Jury convicts CRR man of raping and abusing girl under 12
It took the jury 35 minutes to convict John Klein, 48, of the rape and sexual abuse of a girl under age twelve. The jury returned its verdict Wednesday, June 15, after a three-day trial that began June 13.
According to court documents, Klein abused the girl from 2013 to 2019. Klein used to live on the Crooked River Ranch, but most recently lived in Yavapai County, Arizona.
Evidence at the trial indicated Klein had engaged in a relationship with the mother of the victim, who moved in with Klein along with her 9-year-old daughter and her 15-year-old son in 2017. The children's mother died in 2018 leaving them in Klein's care. The children were ultimately removed from Klein and approximately 16 months later the victim disclosed multiple acts of rape and sexual abuse by Klein. Several witnesses testified at the trial including the child's former counselor, DHS worker, caregiver, her brother, Madras Police, staff from the KIDS Center and the child herself.
Senior Judge Ronald Grensky noted the victim's extreme vulnerability after her mother's death. He imposed a sentence of 300 months in prison for each count of first degree rape in keeping with Oregon's Jessica's Law, which requires a mandatory minimum sentence of 300 months for sex crimes against children under 12. The judge ordered the sentences served consecutively, for a total of 600 months, or 50 years in prison, and lifetime post-prison supervision.
The jury convicted Klein of two counts of first degree rape, a Class A felony, and two counts of first degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, committed between Dec. 10, 2013 and Dec. 8 2019. Klein is prohibited from contacting the victim, and must register as a sex offender. He must also pay for his victim's counseling and therapy.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Brentley Foster led the prosecution; Jennifer Kimble represented the defendant. Judge Ronald Grensky presided over the case.
The district attorney commended the victim and her brother for their courage to come forward.
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