Sobola pleads guilty to sexually abusing local girl
Olusegun Abolore Sobola, the Newberg man arrested in March on allegations he had repeated sexual encounters with a girl under the age of 16, pled guilty to three of the 12 charges he would have faced had the case gone to trial as scheduled this month.
Sobola faced charges of first-degree rape, first- and third-degree sodomy, third-degree sexual abuse, second-degree kidnapping and unlawful possession of marijuana. In a plea agreement between his counsel, McMinnville attorney Ryan Anfuso, and prosecutor Michelle Enfield, Sobola pled guilty to single counts of second-degree kidnapping and sexual abuse, as well as the drug charge.
Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Easterday sentenced Sobola to 70 months on the kidnapping charge and 13 months on the sexual abuse charge, which the 32-year-old will serve concurrently. Easterday also sentenced Sobola to serve an additional six months on the drug charge, meaning he will languish in prison for the next six years and four months, although he received credit for the time he spent in jail since his March arrest.
In addition to prison time, Easterday sentenced Sobola to 36 months of post-prison supervision on the kidnapping charge, 47 months on the sexual abuse charge and 12 months on the drug charge. He was also ordered to enter sex offender and substance abuse programs, to have no contact with the victim and to pay roughly $200 in criminal fines.
In exchange for his guilty plea, the remaining nine rape, sodomy and sexual abuse charges against him were dropped.
NDPD investigation yields arrest
The charges against Sobola stemmed from an investigation by the Newberg-Dundee Police Department. A probable cause affidavit filed by Officer Jay Stearns said Sobola met his alleged victim, a 14-year-old local girl, via Snapchat on March 23.
"On March 25, 2019, (Sobola) agreed to pick up the victim near her home in Dundee and then took her to his apartment … in Newberg so they could smoke marijuana together. (The victim) said Olusegun knew she was 14 years old because she told him both on Snapchat and then again when they met in person."
After smoking the marijuana, Stearns wrote, Sobola allegedly sexually molested the girl in a variety of ways, including while she was blacked out from the drugs.
Two days later the victim communicated with Sobola via Snapchat while investigators were present, telling the man she was worried she might be pregnant, although the defendant said he didn't believe that was possible.
"Nonetheless, Olu agreed to go to a local pharmacy and buy a "Plan B" type pill and offered to drop it off at a discreet location for (the victim) to later pick up and take," the affidavit stated.
Sobola was arrested and taken into custody when he arrived at the Walgreens store in Newberg.
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