A former Bulletin employee accused of sexually abusing at least one underage girl and soliciting a prostitute pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced this week, according to Deschutes County Circuit Court records.
Kevin O’Connell, 36, was arrested in 2012 on suspicion of second-degree sex abuse, a felony. A negotiated settlement was reached on Tuesday and O’Connell pleaded guilty to contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor, according to Deschutes County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mary Anderson. The second-degree sex abuse charge was dismissed.
O’Connell was sentenced to 36 months of supervised probation. He was ordered to register as a sex offender, have no sexual contact with minors, no contact with the victim and not to use or possess alcohol while on probation, Anderson said. She also said in an email that he must “continue treatment,” but did not specify what the treatment was for.
Second-degree sex abuse is defined as sex without consent or sex with someone under 18 who therefore cannot legally give consent. A person who contributes to the sexual delinquency of a minor engages in sexual intercourse with an underage person.
O’Connell was terminated from his position at The Bulletin in August 2012. He asked if he could retrieve personal files from his work computer, but his request was denied. Instead, the human resources director told O’Connell she would retrieve the documents and forward them to him.
When she accessed the files she found a list of approximately 70 women with whom O’Connell reportedly had engaged in sexual activity, dating back to 2002. She contacted police, because on that list were allegedly the names of at least six girls who were 17 years old or younger at the time of the sexual contact.
The list also allegedly stated O’Connell had sex with a prostitute.
O’Connell was not available for comment. A call to O’Connell’s attorney was not returned.
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