By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Child sex abuser follows ex-wife to prison

He said he didn’t want her to find out from some “random guy,” according to Wiles, so he had her perform a sex act on him — witnessed by her pre-teen sister.

Last May, Wiles said, the 38-year-old defendant walked in on the girl while she was showering and made a suggestive remark. He later initiated a series of sexual contacts, leading her to confide in a school teacher, the court was told.

Anderson, a former Sheridan resident, pleaded guilty this week to one count each of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and a related sex crime, and no contest to one count of first-degree sodomy. The charges are a mix of Class A and C felonies.

A no-contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea. It represents an admission the prosecution would prevail at trial.

Six counts of third-degree sexual abuse, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, one count of first-degree sodomy and two counts of a related sex crime were dismissed as part of the plea agreement between the district attorney’s office and Anderson’s court-appointed attorney, Elana Andrew-Flynn of McMinnville.

Circuit Judge Ronald Stone sentenced Anderson to 120 months in prison followed by 140 months of post-prison supervision.

“There’s not much I want or need to say,” Stone told him. “The facts are the facts.”

Last month, Anderson’s wife and fellow Sheridan resident at the time, 34-year-old co-defendant Grace Ann Anderson, pleaded guilty to one count each of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. Judge Cal Tichenor sentenced her to 18 months in prison followed by 60 months of post-prison supervision.

One count each of first-degree sodomy, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and a related sex crime were dismissed as part of the negotiations between Wiles and her court-appointed attorney, Abraham Hanson of McMinnville.

Wiles said she was also culpable, but her then-husband bore a greater share of the responsibility where their conduct was concerned.

Andrew-Flynn said Anderson was embarrassed, even horrified, to read the allegations detailed in police reports. She said he has been under suicide watch at times  while in local custody, raising concern about his welfare in prison.

Stone also assessed court costs and fees, as did Tichenor, in sentencing Anderson’s ex-wife earlier.

Detectives said members of the family learned of the August 2009 incident and resolved to keep it secret.

That drew the ire of Sheriff Jack Crabtree.

“Protecting the children of Yamhill County is a critical task of our office. The primary duty of the detectives in our special investigations unit is to investigate crimes of this nature, and we take that responsibility extremely seriously.”

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