Raymond Merl Turner

Raymond Merl Turner

A Philomath man who was convicted by a jury last month on 38 counts stemming from abuse of a minor female over most of a decade was sentenced Friday in Benton County Circuit Court to 50 years in prison.

Judge Matt Donohue said the sentence for 57-year-old Raymond Merl Turner was based on literally hundreds of incidents of abuse.

“I understand that this is essentially a lifetime sentence for you, sir,” Donohue said to Turner as he announced the decision, “but I think it’s appropriate given the magnitude of these crimes.”

Kristen Farnworth, a deputy district attorney, read a statement by the victim in which the victim implied Turner was a caretaker for her, but not a biological parent.

“I will never forget what you did to me,” the statement said. “I trusted you and I loved you … you started this when I was 5 or 6 years old, too young to know what torture you were inflicting on me.”

The victim, who was born in 2003, said in the statement that what Turner did violated and broke her.

“Today is when my new life begins and your new life begins, but you are beginning where you deserve to be.”

The victim also wrote in the statement that she would persevere and recover: “It will be tough, but I will get through this.”

Turner made no statement in his own defense.

On Sept. 29, a jury found Turner 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 for the abuse, which took place from 2009 to 2016.

Turner was arrested in March and had been held in the jail since then. He still has nine pending felony charges that stem from the alleged sexual abuse of a different minor female born in 2001. Those incidents allegedly took place between 2005 and 2007.

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