Guardsman sentenced

Published Oct 16, 2013 at 05:00AM

The former Oregon National Guardsman who sexually abused a fellow guardsman’s 11-year-old daughter was sentenced Tuesday to 37 1/2 years in prison, with lifetime post-prison supervision, by Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge Stephen P. Forte.

Forte found Florentino Allen Valdez, 35, of Bend, guilty on Oct. 9 of two counts each of first-degree rape and sodomy, and five counts of first-degree sexual assault. He has been held in Deschutes County jail since his arrest in March 2012.

Oregon’s Measure 11 law sets the mandatory minimum sentence for first-degree rape at 300 months and 75 months for sexual assault.

Forte found two separate incidents of sexual assault from the five counts, which made two consecutive sentences of 75 months.

When Valdez is released from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender.

Friends and family of the victim attended the sentencing.

“Hopefully, any children who have been abused will hear this girl’s courage and no longer be scared to come forward,” the victim’s stepfather said to the court. “They will see the outcome, and they will know they won’t have to hide in shame any longer.”

Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs for the Oregon Military Department, said Valdez was discharged from the Oregon National Guard upon the guilty verdict. Bomar was not able to state whether the discharge was honorable or dishonorable.

“This was an unfortunate circumstance, and we are obviously going to reach out to those affected,” he said.

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