Louis Eugene Carpenter, Jr., a 36-year-old transient whose last known address was in La Grande, was sentenced last week to 28 months in prison by Wallowa/Union Circuit Court Judge Eric Valentine after the defendant pleaded no contest to Rape-3 on Nov. 6. He was given credit for time served since his arrest on Jan. 8

Under Oregon law, "a person commits rape in the third degree if the person has sexual intercourse with another person under 16 years of age." The victim in this case was a female juvenile.

Five counts of Rape-1, six counts of Sexual Abuse-1 and one count of sodomy were dismissed in the case.

In the sentence the judge made an upward departure from sentencing guidelines based on two aggravating factors: persistent involvement in similar offenses or repetitive attacks; and the fact the offender knew or had reason to know of the victim's particular vulnerability (such as extreme youth) which increased harm or threat to the victim.

Part of Carpenter's sentence was three years post-prison supervision, with a recommendation from the court that he not be allowed in Wallowa County during that time. No contact with either minor female or male is allowed during the supervision period, and Carpenter is required to enroll and complete an approved or recognized sex offender treatment program. No contact with the victim or her family is allowed.

A $25,000 fine was suspended and the victim was awarded a compensatory fine of $500.

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