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Man convicted of sexual abuse

A Baker City man convicted by a jury of sexually abusing a female child was sentenced Friday in Union County Circuit to 25 years in prison with no chance of early release.

By Bill Rautenstrauch

The Observer

A Baker City man convicted by a jury of sexually abusing a female child was sentenced Friday in Union County Circuit to 25 years in prison with no chance of early release.

Chad Lavern Profitt was convicted June 14 of one count of sodomy in the first degree and another of sexual penetration by a foreign object in the first degree. He was accused of abusing the girl several times in Union County between May, 2010 and July, 2011. The girl was nine when the incidents began, and 11 when they ended.

Sodomy in the first degree and sexual penetration with a foreign object in the first degree are both Measure 11 offenses with mandatory minimum sentences of 300 months. During Friday’s hearing, Union County Deputy District Attorney John Schilling urged Judge Russell West to impose consecutive terms, meaning Profitt, 39, would have to serve a total of 50 years.

“It’s a very serious case because of the potential penalty, exceeded only by capital punishment,” Schilling said in opening remarks.

Schilling said recordings of telephone calls at the Union County jail showed that Profitt refused even after his trial to accept responsibility for the crimes, and spoke in threatening language toward the girl’s mother. Schilling said the phone calls show Profitt to be without remorse.

“He seems to think he was framed, that it’s something Union County does all the time, that we’re crooked,” Schilling said. He noted that Profitt was given a jury trial in which he was innocent until proven guilty.

“The victim was found credible by the jury,” Schilling said. He also told the court that in other jurisdictions, investigations of alleged sex-related cases involving Profitt and the same child in Baker County and in Washington state have yet to be completed.

Profitt’s lawyer Victoria Moffet argued for concurrent sentences during the hearing. In the end, West disagreed with Schilling on the appropriateness of a 50 year term. After a recess to review the record, he returned with a decision to impose the sentences concurrently.

“I thought about it a long time,” West said to Profitt. “You’re 39, you’ll be 64 when you get out. Hopefully this will be an incentive for you not to get in trouble in prison. I do think 300 months is sufficient.”

West termed Profitt’s crimes “terrible.”

“You abused a little helpless girl and she’ll never get over it,” he said.

In his trial, Profitt was also found guilty of a charge of sexual abuse in the first degree. That conviction was merged with the sodomy count.

West ordered that Profitt be supervised by parole and probation for the rest of his life after he gets out of prison. Profitt also was ordered to pay fines and fees.

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