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Newberg man pleads guilty to sexual abuse, rape and sodomy in exchange for having other charges dropped.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Newberg resident Walter Elston was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty last week in Yamhill County Circuit Court.The Newberg man arrested in 2020 on allegations that he sexually abused a teenage girl over the course of several years has pleaded guilty in court.

Walter Eli Elston, 49, was arrested in December on allegations of sexual abuse, rape, sodomy and unlawful sexual penetration after an investigation by the Newberg-Dundee Police Department determined that he, described in court documents as the boyfriend of the victim's mother, began plying the young girl with drugs in 2014.

"(The victim) reported that Walter Elston introduced her to methamphetamine when she was approximately 13 years old while living in an apartment in the city of Dundee," NDPD Officer Jonathan Stearns said in a probable cause affidavit. "(The victim) reported that Walter showed her how to smoke meth and when she was high, had sex with her."

The girl alleged Elston continued to sexually abuse her for several more years until she was 16. The girl testified later that, in fact, Elston had begun sexually abusing her when she was 8 or 9 years old.

Judge Ladd Wiles of the Yamhill County Circuit Court convicted Elston of one count of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of second-degree rape and two counts of third-degree sodomy. Additional charges of first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and second-degree unlawful penetration were dropped as part of the plea deal between Elston's counsel, Portland attorney Simon Whang, and the prosecutor in the case, Deputy District Attorney Holly Winter.

Wiles sentenced Elston to 75 months in prison and 10 years of post-prison supervision on the sexual abuse charge, 75 months and 10 years post-prison supervision on the rape charge, 20 months and two years post-prison supervision on one sodomy charge and 25 months and two years post-prison supervision on the second sodomy charge.

All of the sentences will run concurrently, meaning Elston will be eligible for release in 10 years and will be monitored for an additional decade under post-prison supervision.

Familiar to law enforcement

Elston is no stranger to the criminal justice system in Oregon and Washington. A list of previous offenses, both alleged and for which he was convicted or pleaded guilty, stretches back to 1992 and range from driving infractions and making false claims for health care payments, to theft and speeding.

More recently, his arrests have centered on drug charges ranging from possession and delivery of meth, until his arrest in December on the allegations of sexual abuse.

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