Pamplin Media Group – Jury convicts CRR man of raping and abusing girl under 12

John Klein, 48, will spend 50 years in prison based on Oregon’s Jessica Law

It took 35 minutes for the jury to convict John Klein, 48, of the rape and sexual abuse of a girl under the age of twelve. The jury delivered its verdict on Wednesday June 15, after a three-day trial that began on June 13.

According to court documents, Klein abused the girl from 2013 to 2019. Klein lived at the Crooked River Ranch, but recently lived in Yavapai County, Arizona.

Evidence at trial indicated that Klein had formed a relationship with the victim’s mother, who moved in with Klein with her 9-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son in 2017. The children’s mother died in 2018, leaving under Klein’s custody. The children were eventually removed from Klein and approximately 16 months later the victim disclosed multiple acts of rape and sexual abuse by Klein. Several witnesses testified at trial, including the child’s former counselor, a DHS employee, a caregiver, her brother, Madras police, KIDS Center staff and the child herself.

Senior Judge Ronald Grensky noted the victim’s extreme vulnerability after her mother’s death. He imposed a 300-month prison sentence for each count of first-degree rape under Oregon’s Jessica Law, which requires a mandatory minimum sentence of 300 months for sex crimes against children under 12. The judge ordered that the sentences be served consecutively, for a total of 600 months, or 50 years in prison, and post-prison supervision for life.

The jury found Klein guilty of two counts of first-degree rape, a Class A felony, and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, committed between December 10, 2013 and December 8, 2019 Klein is prohibited from contacting the victim and must register as a sex offender. He must also pay for his victim’s counseling and therapy services.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Brentley Foster led the prosecution; Jennifer Kimble represented the defendant. Judge Ronald Grensky presided over the case.

The district attorney praised the victim and her brother for their courage in coming forward.

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