OREGON CITY, Oregon — Five sisters who were molested as children were in Clackamas County Circuit Court Tuesday morning to see Eric Michael Freeburg sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/v7Nl7L ) the abuse lasted for 20 years, starting in 1992 and ending in 2011. The victims, now all adults, were unaware that each of them had been abused until the oldest sister came forward last year and reported the crimes.
Oregon law regarding the statute of limitations has changed over the years. Under the current law, some sex crimes committed 20 years ago can be prosecuted.
Freeburg faced as much as 40 years in prison. The plea deal called for 27 years.
Circuit Judge Eve Miller decided on a term of 25 years.
Freeburg also was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor in Washington in 1984.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com