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Man gets six years for sex crimes

Pleaded no contest to charges
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 12, 2017 7:04AM

Last changed on September 12, 2017 10:37AM

Tyler Dean Campbell

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Tyler Dean Campbell

A man was sentenced to more than six years in prison Monday after pleading to guilty to sex crimes against three teenage girls in Clatsop County.

Tyler Dean Campbell, 25, will serve 80 months in prison after pleading no contest in July to first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, tampering with a witness, furnishing to a person under 21 and two counts of attempt to commit a Class A felony. He originally faced rape, sodomy, assault, strangulation and more furnishing charges before reaching a plea deal with the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office.

Campbell had been found guilty of a sex offense in Washington state and pleaded guilty in 2016 to failing to register as a sex offender. He also was convicted of fourth-degree assault in Clatsop County. An indictment in Clackamas County also charges him with two counts of assault and one count of strangulation following a reckless driving incident in 2016.

Campbell does not have a residence in Clatsop County and had been sleeping in acquaintances’ homes. Two of the victims said they were under the influence of intoxicants during the alleged acts while another was a minor whom he had attempted to lure online into sexual acts.

One of the victims who was intoxicated said Campbell forced her to drink. He also threatened two of them in an attempt to prevent them from disclosing the crimes.

Campbell and Mary Ann Murk, his court-appointed attorney, both said his alcohol abuse was a major factor in the cases.

“He has very low inhibitions,” Murk said. “He operates at a level of maturity that is much lower than his actual age.”

But Circuit Court Judge Paula Brownhill was not buying what she called an excuse for the crimes.

“I think you’re a sexual predator,” Brownhill said. “If I could lock you up for more than 80 months, I would do so.”


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