A 26-year-old Corvallis man is facing seven months behind bars after pleading guilty to several charges involving sex with a minor.
In Benton County Circuit Court on Thursday, Andrew Thaine Bullock pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree rape and one count of third-degree sodomy, all felonies carrying potential sentences of up to five years in prison.
In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop four other felony charges, including one count of second-degree sex abuse, one count of third-degree rape and two counts of third-degree sodomy.
All of the charges stem from incidents that occurred between July 2016 and September 2017 and involve the same victim, a girl under the age of 16. The girl was not identified in court, and the Gazette-Times generally does not print the names of sex crime victims.
Upholding terms of a plea deal worked out between the prosecution and the defense, Judge Matthew Donohue sentenced Bullock to seven months in jail, $600 in fines and three years of supervised probation. Bullock must also register as a sex offender.
Bullock’s probation was described as “zero tolerance.” The plea agreement specifies that any violation, no matter how minor, will result in the probation being revoked and Bullock being sent to prison for two years with no option for early release.
“This has been a heavily negotiated case,” Benton County Deputy District Attorney Amie Matusko told the judge.
Defense attorney Charles Vincent of Eugene asked the judge to delay the start of Bullock's sentence until after Christmas to allow him to spend time with his young son.
Donohue agreed, citing crowded conditions at the Benton County Jail. He ordered Bullock to report to the jail by 7 a.m. on Thursday.
“Make sure you’re there early,” Donohue added.