Sexual abuse conviction gets man 16 years.
A former foster home parent in Creswell was sentenced Wednesday to more than 16 years in prison for sexually abusing three young girls, including one in foster care.
A Lane County Circuit Court jury convicted Ronn A. Warren, 44, after a four-day trial Friday on nine counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of unlawful sexual penetration.
Warren came under investigation in 2001 after a 10-year-old neighbor girl reported being sexually abused by him, Eugene police Detective Dan Braziel said. Without sufficient evidence at the time, investigators did not charge Warren, he said.
As part of the investigation, police interviewed a girl who was in Warren's foster care in 2001, but she did not disclose any abuse, Braziel said. However, the girl came forward in 2004 with allegations of abuse that occurred while in foster care at Warren's home.
A grand jury returned charges against him in 2004. Soon after his arrest, a third victim, a relative of Warren's, also reported abuse, Braziel said. All three girls were 10 when they were abused, Deputy Lane County District Attorney Mike Pugh said.
State Department of Human Resources records show Warren was a foster parent to seven children in a three-year period ending in 2002. Braziel said it is not known whether he victimized other children.
Warren, wearing green jail clothes, handcuffs and shackles, declined to comment before sentencing by Lane County Circuit Judge Lauren Holland. His sentence falls under the state's Measure 11 sentencing law and cannot be reduced for any reason.
In court, the father of one victim described Warren's crimes as an atrocity against children, the community and civilization. He thanked the girls for reporting the abuse.
One of the victims described Warren's actions as "wrong and disgusting." She said he compounded the damage by taking the case to trial, where the victims were forced to testify in front of strangers.
"Not only were we sexually abused by him, but he sat there and violated our integrity as well," she told the judge.
It is The Register-Guard's policy to not identify the victims of sex crimes.
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|Title Annotation:||Crime; The former foster parent was found guilty of molesting three girls|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Nov 10, 2005|
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