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Former Priest, Deschutes County Sex Offender Dies In Prison

SALEM, OR -- A convicted sex offender from Deschutes County died Sunday, while incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. According to the Department of Corrections, 75-year-old Roger Alan Sinclair was at a Salem hospital receiving "comfort care."

Sinclair was arrested in 2017 for sexually abusing a disabled man Redmond Police considered "incapable of consent." He was convicted on two charges in 2018, sentenced to more than six years in prison and required to register as a sex offender. His earliest possible release date was May 20, 2025. 

According to reporting by the Associated Press, Sinclair was was a priest in Pennsylvania in the 1980s, but was removed in 2002 after allegations emerged he had abused at least one teenage boy decades earlier. He was never charged in that case. 

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