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La Pine Man Convicted of Child Rape

A Deschutes County jury has convicted a La Pine man of raping and sexually abusing three children. In 2019, 50-year-old Rusty Pugh, was initially charged with nearly 60 child sex abuse charges. District Attorney John Hummel told Central Oregon Daily News one of the victims came forward to the Bend Police Department to report the abuse she experienced as a child. Hummel said detectives were able to identify and interview more victims in the following months. Pugh was subsequently arrested and charged with having sexually abused six children. Last week, a jury convicted him of 17 counts of felony sex crimes of three children. Sentencing, and the trial related to the abuse of the three remaining children, will be determined later this month.

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