Salem man gets 25 years for sexually abusing child under age 12 | #childabuse | #children | #kids

A Salem man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in Oregon prison for molesting a child who was under the age of 12.  

A Polk County jury found Tomas Coyoy-Sanchez, 36, guilty of first-degree sex abuse, unlawful penetration and purchasing sex with a minor.

Polk County Circuit Court Judge Diane Morse sentenced Coyoy-Sanchez to serve 25 years in Department of Corrections custody and register as a sex offender in the state, according to a release Thursday from Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton. 

Coyoy-Sanchez will serve a lifetime of post-prison supervision when he’s released, Felton said. 

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Court records show the abuse occurred sometime between 2013 and 2017.  

The child reported the abuse in 2020 to officers with the Salem and Independence police departments. The child told caseworkers the abuse happened when they were about 7 or 8 and disclosed that on at least one occasion, the defendant offered $100 to let him touch them. The child refused.

Morse sentenced Coyoy-Sanchez under Jessica’s Law, with requires a minimum 25-year prison sentence for abusing children under the age of 12. He will not be eligible for early release or other types of sentence reduction programs.

To report child abuse

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). The Oregon Child Abuse Hotline receives calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Virginia Barreda is the breaking news and public safety reporter for the Statesman Journal. She can be reached at 503-399-6657 or at Follow her on Twitter at @vbarreda2

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