A Sweet Home man was arraigned on five felony sex crime charges in Linn County Circuit Court on May 27.
Ernest Keyes, 60, was charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration.
The first-degree unlawful sexual penetration charge is being pursued as a Jessica’s Law charge by prosecutors because the victim was under the age of 12. A Jessica’s Law conviction in Oregon carries a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence.
Keyes has yet to enter a plea in the case.
Prosecutor Keith Stein and defense attorney Michael Lowry declined to comment.
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