Child sex abuser receives 138-year sentence

“This is the worst case of sexual child abuse that I’ve seen in almost 14 years on the bench,” Circuit Judge Joseph Ochoa told Robinson. “I want to make sure, sir, that you are never able to injury anybody.”

A Salem man will spend the rest of his life in jail for convictions of eight counts of sexual abuse, partly as the result of a relatively new law enacted in Oregon.

Michael David Robinson, 35, received the 138-year sentence this week from Marion County Circuit Judge Joseph Ochoa.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Courtland Geyer, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said he did not know whether the sentence was the longest since the new law, known as “Jessica’s Law,” went into effect in April 2006.

The law lengthens mandatory sentences for offenders convicted of first-degree rape, sodomy or unlawful sexual penetration if the victim is younger than 12.

Under the law, the mandatory minimum sentence is 25 years.

“This is the worst case of sexual child abuse that I’ve seen in almost 14 years on the bench,” Ochoa said.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Theobald prosecuted the case, which involved two young children known to Robinson.

Robinson pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree sodomy.

Four of the counts were for crimes committed after April 2006. Robinson’s first court appearance was Sept. 24, and he pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Robinson’s defense attorney Robert Botta had recommended a 25-year sentence.

Robinson received 100 months for the first count, 110 months for the second count, 120 months for the third count and 300 months each for the remaining counts.

“I want to make sure, sir, that you are never able to injury anybody,” Ochoa said to Robinson.

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