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Robert Douglas Gresham faces Measure 11 crimes for acts prosecutors say took place over an 18-month period

A Newberg man arrested in August on allegations he sexually abused a young child over the course of more than a year is arguing his innocence.Gresham

Robert Douglas Gresham, 44, was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and sodomy on allegations he had sex with a young child on multiple occasions beginning in March 2008 and continuing through September 2009.

The victim, the state alleges, was under the age of 18 at the time of the crimes and is younger than 30 now.

Gresham was arrested in early August on $100,000 bail. His wife, Gina Gresham, posted $10,000 security on Aug. 7, freeing him from custody.

Gresham is represented by Adam Dean of the Dean Law Group in Portland. Dean took over for McMinnville attorney Abraham Hanson in September. The prosecutor in the case is Yamhill County District Attorney Kathryn Lynch.

The case has wound its way through the courts over the past four months, with changes in representation, motions to continue and a motion to compel the state to produce more evidence during the discovery phase of the proceedings, lengthening the process.

In September, Lynch requested and Dean agreed to a protective order allowed by Judge John Collins that protects the confidentiality of reports and videos of an interview with a person close to the case that occurred in February at Juliette's House, a child abuse assessment center in McMinnville.

Gresham pleaded not guilty on Nov. 12 before Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Easterday. A seven- to eight-day trial has been scheduled to begin on May 10, with pretrial hearings set for a week prior.

The crimes Gresham is charged with are Measure 11 offenses that carry with them stiff mandatory sentences upon conviction. A conviction for first-degree sodomy requires a sentence of eight years and four months incarceration; a conviction for first-degree sexual abuse yields the defendant a sentence of six years and three months on each count, either consecutively or concurrently, depending on the determination by the judge.

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