Raymond Merl Turner

Raymond Merl Turner

CORVALLIS — A Benton County Circuit Court jury Friday found a Philomath man guilty of 38 counts of sexually abusing a child.

The jury concluded that Raymond Merl Turner was guilty of 12 counts of first-degree rape, 12 counts of first-degree sodomy, 12 counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree rape. Jurors began their deliberations Thursday morning.

Ryan Joslin, the chief deputy district attorney for Benton County, said a sentencing hearing for Turner has not yet been set.

The charges stem from abuse of a minor female born in 2003 and reportedly took place from 2009 to 2016. Turner has nine additional felony charges still pending in a case of alleged abuse of a female minor born in 2001. Those incidents allegedly took place between 2005 and 2007.

Turner was arrested in March and remains in the Benton County Jail.

Anthony Rimel covers education and can be reached at anthony.rimel@lee.net, 541-758-9526, or via Twitter @anthonyrimel.

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