A Deschutes County Circuit Court judge sentenced a defendant to 30 days in jail for inappropriately touching a 14-year-old neighbor, despite a plea deal that included no incarceration.
In August 2017, Bend resident Bryan Thomas Gulnac was intoxicated when he went to his neighbor’s house, where his victim was home alone, and touched her breasts during an encounter the girl said made her feel “disgusting.”
“Every time your hands touched my bare skin I felt as if I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t move,” the girl, now 16, told Judge Randy Miller at Gulnac’s sentencing Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court.
Gulnac was indicted in October 2017. His trial was delayed several times before he pleaded no contest in July to one count of harassment, a Class B misdemeanor. He agreed to serve three years probation and in exchange, five other misdemeanors were dropped from his indictment.
The case was prosecuted by the Klamath County District Attorney’s office, due to a conflict of interest in the local DA’s office.
The victim, along with her parents, read statements for the court Tuesday, telling Miller they were upset the prosecution did not push for jail time or sex offender language in Gulnac’s plea deal.
“Bryan has always been a very sexual person and often says inappropriate things that make every female in the room feel uncomfortable,” the victim’s father told the court. “Bryan Gulnac is a sexual predator and is looking for the right opportunity to capitalize on his next victim.”
After a recess, Miller told the victim and her family that he had limited options but he could give Gulnac the maximum jail term for the crime for which he accepted responsibility.
Gulnac also received three years probation.
“You know what,” Miller told the defendant about reporting to jail, “you have until 7 (p.m. Tuesday), or you can have a deputy escort you there now if you’d like.”
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