A Clatskanie man will serve up to five years in prison for online sexual corruption of three girls in Clatsop County.
Theron Joseph Manley, 19, was sentenced June 30 after reaching a plea agreement with the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, two counts of luring a minor and one count of third-degree sodomy. If he demonstrates good behavior in prison, his sentence could be shortened to four years.
He originally faced 24 charges that also included third-degree rape, third-degree sexual abuse, attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, unlawful delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and attempt to commit a Class A felony. All of the incidents for which he was charged allegedly took place in October.
Manley allegedly contacted several girls on Facebook and received responses from at least the three girls who live in Clatsop County. He sent sexually explicit messages to all three of the girls and had sexual intercourse with at least one of them. Two of the girls were 14 years old at the time while another was 15 years old.
Soon after the incidents, a mother of one of the teenagers found requests for nude images from Manley on her Facebook profile, leading to an investigation by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office. In January, Manley was arrested while attending a separate court case at the Pacific County Courthouse in South Bend, Washington.
As teenagers become more savvy with social media applications, parents are having a harder time monitoring the safety of their children, Deputy District Attorney Dawn Buzzard said. “This is the kind of issue that we’re going to see more and more,” she said.