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The Newberg man pleads guilty to first-degree rape and sodomy and is sentenced Jan. 4 in Yamhill County Circuit Court

Andrew Lee Darby, the Newberg man arrested in June on allegations he sexually abused two underage girls over the course of nearly five years, pleaded guilty to two of the charges and will spend the next three decades in prison.Darby

Darby, 47, entered guilty pleas to first-degree rape and sodomy, both Measure 11 crimes carrying stiff mandatory minimum sentences, in Yamhill County Circuit Court Ladd Wiles' court on Jan. 4. In exchange for his guilty pleas on the two counts, 28 counts of first-degree sodomy, second-degree sexual abuse, first-degree rape, second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct were dropped.

Wiles sentenced Darby to 100 months (eight years, three months) on the rape charge and 300 months (25 years) on the sodomy charge, with portions of the sentences running concurrently so his incarceration will reach 30 years.

Although he will receive credit for the six months he has already been incarcerated, Wiles ordered that Darby not be considered for "any form of reduction in sentence, conditional or supervised release program, temporary leave from custody, work release." He will remain under post-prison supervision for 140 months (nearly 12 years); be required to register as a sex offender and submit to blood, buccal and HIV testing.

Darby had been scheduled to go to trial in early December, but the prospect of a plea deal prompted his counsel, McMinnville attorney Rachel Bridges, to file a motion seeking a continuance.

"I am not ready for trial," Bridges said, adding that she expected to reach a plea deal with prosecutor Kathryn Lynch soon. She added that Darby insisted that the case not go to trial in order to spare the victims the additional trauma of having to testify in court.

Darby was arrested by officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department on June 12 on numerous counts of rape, sexual abuse, sodomy, encouraging child sexual abuse and using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct.

A district attorney report filed in June in Yamhill County Circuit Court by prosecutor Lisl Miller alleged that over a four-and-a-half- year period Darby had intercourse or oral intercourse with two Newberg girls under the age of 16 without their consent.

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