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Pendleton man avoids rape charge in plea deal

Published on October 12, 2017 11:39AM

Last changed on October 12, 2017 2:19PM

PENDLETON — John Harmon Calvert of Pendleton pleaded guilty to harming his wife and two children. In taking a deal, the state dismissed several charges, including first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree rape.

Calvert on Monday in Pendleton changed his plea to guilty to charges of felon in possession of a firearm, fourth-degree assault, first-degree criminal mistreatment and third-degree assault. Court documents also show he turned 50 that day.

Circuit Judge Jon Lieuallen sentenced Calvert to two-and-half years in prison per the plea deal.

Pendleton police investigated and arrested Calvert in March after the Oregon Department of Human Services received information he was abusing five children, ages 5-12, all in his custody. Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts at the time said they allegedly were subjected to the physical abuse for 10 years.


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