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Junction City Man Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse

May 21, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. — A Lane County jury found a Junction City man guilty Friday of sexually abusing a female foreign exchange student who was living in his home.

James McClintock, 51, was found guilty of four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of private indecency. He was found not guilty of one count of third-degree sexual abuse.

McClintock was arrested Feb. 4. The charges accused him of having illegal sexual contact with a 17-year-old female foreign exchange student between Sept. 1 and Jan. 1, while she was living in his Junction City home. The private indecency count accused McClintock of exposing himself to the girl during the same period of time.

The counts are misdemeanors, with each punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of $6,250 per count. Third-degree sexual abuse is defined by Oregon law as subjecting a person to sexual contact without their consent. State law dictates that victims younger than age 18 are incapable of giving consent to sexual contact.

Following McClintock’s arrest, the two foreign exchange students who had been living in the McClintock residence were relocated to California. Authorities said the charges involved only one of the two girls. Both girls returned to Eugene to testify against McClintock during his trial. One of the students is from Germany and the other is from Finland.

Judge Gerald Neufeld of Josephine County, a visiting judge, presided over the trial and scheduled McClintock’s sentencing for May 26 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 301.

McClintock’s trial began Tuesday in Lane County Circuit Court, and the jury reached a verdict Friday morning.

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