A Woodburn man has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree sodomy for crimes committed against two young girls between 2004 and 2015.
Constantino Benitez-Mendoza, 42, has been sentenced to 300 months, or 25 years, in prison. He cannot be considered for a reduction in sentence, conditional or supervised release program, temporary leave from custody or work release.
Upon his release, he will be under post-prison supervision for the rest of his life. He is also required to register as a sex offender.
Woodburn police arrested Benitez-Mendoza on a warrant on March 19. Benitez-Mendoza, who was indicted by a grand jury in February, faced eight felony charges, including four counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration.
Benitez-Mendoza pleaded guilty to the three counts of first-degree sodomy on June 29. The other charges were dismissed.
The assaults against the two victims — who according to the indictment were both under the age of 12 — were first reported to the Woodburn Police Department in 2015, but police were unable to locate Benitez-Mendoza after the initial investigation, according to city of Woodburn spokesman Jason Horton. Benitez-Mendoza was arrested after a resident reported his location to the police, Horton said.
According to Marion County Jail booking records, Benitez-Mendoza was originally held for one count of methamphetamine possession, but that charge was dropped.
Benitez-Mendoza was the registered owner of the Woodburn-based company Taxi Costa from 2010 to 2014, according to the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division. The company is not included on the city of Woodburn's current list of registered taxi companies.
First-degree sodomy is a Measure 11 crime. The mandatory minimum sentence for first-degree sodomy with a victim under 12 years of age and a defendant aged 18 or older is 300 months.