Davis pleads guilty to sexually abusing two youths
Robert James Davis, the Newberg man arrested last spring on allegations he sexually abused two young victims, plead guilty in court last week.
Davis, 50, was arrested April 6 and charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a Measure 11 crime, as well as strangulation.
The charges stem from allegations made by two victims, one now in his late 20s and one now 14. According to court documents filed by a detective for the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Davis began sexually abusing the first victim, then an underage boy, for more than a year beginning in August 1996. The abuse continued for about a year while the boy was living in Davis' home and the boy's relative dated him. The court document said Davis compelled the boy to have sexual contact with him on multiple occasions over the course of a year.
The second victim, an underage girl at the time, told police Davis sexually abused her over the course of a year beginning in May 2013 at an unknown address in Newberg. The girl alleged that Davis also subjected her to strangulation numerous times from May 2013 to May 2014.
Davis appeared in Judge Cynthia Easterday's Yamhill County Circuit Court room on Sept. 4 to enter a plea of guilty to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, each count punishable under Measure 11 with a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months. In his exchange for the guilty plea, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse, the strangulation charge and an attempt to commit a Class B felony charge will be dropped. Easterday also sentenced him to 45 months of post-prison supervision, to enter a sex offender program, to have no contact with his victims and to pay the state $600.
Whether the sentences run consecutively or concurrently is up to the discretion of Easterday, who will sentence Davis at an unknown date.
This is not Davis' first run-in with the law. Court records indicate he has been arrested on numerous occasions over the course of the past three decades, starting with a case of fourth-degree assault that was dismissed in 1989. He pled guilty to one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants in 1997 in exchange for dropping a second count of DUII, failure to perform the duties of a driver and second-degree criminal mischief. He was sentenced to two years of probation, 48 hours of community service and ordered to pay a variety of assessments and fees.
In 2009, Davis pled guilty to second-degree disorderly conduct and received 12 months of probation and was ordered to pay assessments, restitution and attorney fees.
A year later in 2010, he pled guilty to fourth-degree assault again in exchange for the prosecution dropping charges of harassment and second-degree criminal mischief. He was ordered to pay restitution to the victim of the assault, his wife, served jail time, received probation and paid a number of fees and assessments.