Sex abuser gets more time tacked on
Turnbow is already serving the equivalent of a life prison sentence — almost 69 years — following his conviction in February 2013 on 25 of 28 Measure 11 counts of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sexual penetration. The crimes involve five victims, ranging in age from 4 to 10 at the time, who were abused in the hot tub and bedroom at his home between 1995 and 1997.
A sixth victim was later identified. She was molested, as well, during her pre-teen years, said Deputy District Attorney Kate Petersen, who prosecuted both the earlier case and the new one.
Turnbow, a retired truck driver, pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony. Four similar counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement between the DA’s office and the defendant’s court-appointed attorney, Mark Pihl of McMinnville.
Judge Cal Tichenor proceeded to sentence Turnbow to 24 months in prison. He will receive credit for time served, and the sentence will run concurrent to the term he currently is serving at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in the Eastern Oregon community of Umatilla.
The sentence also includes 24 months of post-prison supervision, and restitution in an amount yet to be determined.
Turnbow, a diabetic who has undergone quadruple bypass heart surgery, appeared over video from prison. He told Tichenor he approved of the video arrangement, as health conditions would have prevented him from being transported by vehicle to McMinnville for the proceeding.
Petersen said Turnbow repeatedly abused the victim at his home, on a camping trip, at a barn dance and in his vehicle. The victim said the abuse dates back to a time when she was only 4 or 5 years old.
She said she had spent more than 20 years imagining what she would say if she ever got the opportunity to confront her abuser. She finally had the chance and was relieved to get it off her mind.
Turnbow was given a chance to address the court as well, but told Tichenor, “I have nothing to say.”
Pihl only asked that Tichenor accept the terms of the plea agreement on behalf of his client. Before the television monitor went to black, ending the proceeding, Turnbow gave a wave and said, “Thank you, Mark.”
A jury of two women and 10 men heard the earlier case, in which the five victims reported being abused in his backyard hot tub and one in both the hot tub and bedroom.
The jury rendered 12-0 decisions on five counts, 11-1 decisions on six counts and 10-2 decisions on 14 counts. It split 9-3, 8-4 and 6-6 on the other three counts, falling short of the required 10-vote threshold.
Deputy District Attorney Kate Petersen lobbied for a 100-year sentence. Turnbow’s privately retained appointed attorney, Amy Margolis of Portland, argued for a 100-month sentence — about eight years.