29 05 2008

Gresham man gets 25 years for attack on disabled woman

5/28/2008

The Associated Press   

http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/news-24/1211963953174100.xml&storylist=orlocal

Portland, Ore. (AP) — A Gresham man who sexually attacked a developmentally disabled woman living in his mother’s state-licensed adult foster home has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

John Jay Chapman, 18, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual penetration and assault two weeks ago in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

He declined to speak during Tuesday’s sentencing hearing. Judge Julie Frantz told Chapman that what he did will affect the 37-year-old victim for the rest of her life.

Chapman’s mother, Marsha Chapman, told authorities she remembered waking up one night in November to the sound of her client’s bed banging against the wall, but did not investigate.

She called for help the next day when she noticed the woman, who has cerebral palsy, had a fever, a bloated stomach and blood on her sheets.

A surgeon later removed an 11-inch toilet scrub handle from the woman’s abdomen during surgery. He estimated it had been there for a day or two.

John Chapman lived in the house with his mother and the client. His mother told police she received a foster-care license in 2003, but she’d cared for the victim for about 20 years.

Gresham police investigated, and Chapman was arrested about two weeks after the attack. He told investigators he consumed a lot of beer and whiskey on the night it happened.

The woman’s injuries caused a life-threatening infection. Deputy district attorney Greg Moawad told The Oregonian newspaper he doesn’t know how the woman has fared in her recovery, but she has since moved to a different care home.

The newspaper reported last year that about 20 people with developmental disabilities who live in the state’s group and foster homes are sexually abused each year. Moreover, at least one in five developmentally disabled adults in these state-licensed homes has been abused by caregivers since 2000, when the state finished moving to community-based care after closing the Fairview Training Center in Salem.

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