Tigard man receives life sentence for sex crimes
A Tigard man convicted of numerous counts of rape and sex abuse has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Airian Jovan Misuraca, 44, was sentenced Sept. 8 by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Erik Buchér after a jury in July found him guilty of six counts of first-degree rape, nine counts of first-degree sodomy and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
"The defendant was unanimously convicted on every count," senior deputy district attorney Allison Brown, the prosecutor in the case, said in a Washington County District Attorney's Office news release. "The jury was clearly impacted by the horrific abuse the child victim had to endure."Â
The defendant had been facing a life sentence after having been previously convicted twice of felony sex crimes against children, and Brown had urged the court to impose a "true-life sentence based on the severity of the crimes, the defendant's lengthy criminal history, and his lack of any remorse for his actions."
Buchér agreed, stating his intent was to ensure the defendant was incarcerated for the rest of his life to protect the community and adding that there were no mitigating factors to justify a lesser sentence.Â The victim's family was present in the courtroom during sentencing and also urged the judge to impose a true-life sentence.
Also attending the sentencing hearing was another person who reported being raped by the defendant many years ago, when she was 15. That case had been investigated in Portland, but it was not prosecuted because the victim could not be located at the time, according to Washington County prosecutors.
"Today, this victim was finally able to get closure to this sexual assault from years ago. She, like many victims, was reluctant to testify at the time, because she was worried she would not be believed. She showed extreme bravery facing the defendant in court today," said Brown.
Misuraca's current case involved multiple incidents spanning several years. In February 2019, the victim made a disclosure of abuse to a family member who immediately informed law enforcement officials. That's when Tigard police began investigating the allegations.
The victim was also seen at CARES Northwest, an agency whose mission is to stop child abuse and neglect, with that agency providing additional details of the abuse.
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