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Jury in Yamhill County Circuit Court finds Newberg man guilty on sodomy, sexual abuse and other charges

The Newberg man arrested in September on allegations he sexually abused a minor boy over a three-year period will spend the next 20-plus years in prison for his crimes.COURTESY PHOTO: YAMHILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - A jury in Yamhill County Circuit Court found Michael John Casey, 47, guilty on four counts of first-degree sodomy, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. He was acquitted on four counts of first-degree encouraging sexual abuse.

A jury in Yamhill County Circuit Court found Michael John Casey, 47, guilty on four counts of first-degree sodomy, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. He was acquitted on four counts of first-degree encouraging sexual abuse.

The sodomy and sexual abuse charges on which Casey was convicted are Measure 11 crimes that carry with them stiff mandatory minimum sentences: 100 months (eight years, four months) on each count of first-degree sodomy and 75 months (six years, three months) on each count of first-degree sexual abuse.

Convicted after the three-day trial was completed, Judge Ladd Wiles sentenced Casey to 25 years in prison on the sodomy and sexual abuse charges and 75 months on using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. The sentences will run concurrently.

Wiles also ordered that Casey not receive "any form of reduction in sentence, conditional or supervised release program, temporary leave from custody, work release," according to court records, nor that he be considered for release on post-prison supervision before serving his entire sentence. He will required to submit to 10 years of post-prison supervision as well.

McMinnvville attorney Abraham Hanson was appointed as Casey's defense counsel after Casey was determined to be indigent by the court. The successful prosecutor in the case was Michelle Enfield.

Mother files report with police in two states

Casey was arrested in September on allegations he sexually abused the boy over a three-year period beginning in 2017. He was arraigned, then indicted on the charges against him. He first appeared before Wiles on Sept. 9 after being given conditional release and housed in a nearby facility on a medical furlough.

Casey's arrest came about after the mother of a then 11-year-old boy alleged he sexually abused the boy from March 2017 until September 2020 while the family lived in Newberg. The mother and son later moved to Mesa, Arizona.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department began looking into the matter after being alerted by the special investigation unit of the Mesa (Arizona) Police Department. Detectives there said they interviewed Casey, who claimed "accidental" sexual contact with the boy, and that the boy referred to Casey as his "acting father figure."

In a probable cause affidavit, detectives further alleged that Casey admitted during an interview in September to "accidental" sexual incidents with the boy on multiple occasions in Newberg over the course of several years.

Casey appeared in Circuit Court Judge John Collins' courtroom on Oct. 14 to enter a plea, but that was carried over until Dec. 16.


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