By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Sex convictions land teen in prison

Davidson pleaded guilty in Yamhill County Circuit Court to one count each of second-degree rape, a Class B felony, and second-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony. The charges stemmed from attacks on two girls under the age of 16.

Davidson was first taken into custody by McMinnville police in early March, in connection with sex acts he committed in early February in the vicinity of Lower City Park. Detectives said he and the victim were acquaintances

While in custody, he was questioned about an assault on another girl, according to Deputy District Attorney Kate Peterson. Charges were filed and the two unrelated cases were consolidated.

Originally, Davidson was facing 11 counts. However, three counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts of second-degree rape and one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree rape and fourth-degree assault were dismissed as part of plea negotiations between Davidson’s court-appointed defense attorney, Michael Finch of McMinnville, and the prosecutor, Peterson.

Saying Davidson was guilty of “horrible” acts, Collins also sentenced him to 45 months of post-prison supervision, ordered to reimburse the county for $1,000 of his $3,200 in legal expenses and directed him to pay restitution in an amount to be determined.

Peterson gave this account of the second case:

Living with a rural family at the time, Davidson grabbed and assaulted the victim in a meadow. She twice lost consciousness during the attack, forcing him to perform CPR to revive her.

Addressing the court, the victim’s father told Davidson, “I hope you learn from this. You basically destroyed someone’s life.”

At Collins’ urging, the teen responded with an apology.

Finch said Davidson suffers from mental health issues, so would be better served by placement in a treatment facility rather than a penal facility. In time, he said, the community may come to regret not providing him with an alternative to prison incarceration.

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