Gutches guilty in '07 rapes

A Central Point man has pleaded guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to three counts of first-degree rape and is expected to be sentenced to more than 11 years in prison.

Brad Gutches, 26, made the pleas Wednesday before Judge Ron Grensky as part of a stipulated plea agreement between prosecutors and Gutches' defense attorneys. The rape charges stem from two separate cases.

The Measure 11 charges carry mandatory minimum sentences of 100 months in prison.

Gutches has agreed to serve a combination of concurrent and consecutive sentences totaling 135 months in prison.

The plea agreements also call for Gutches to serve the balance of 20 years post-prison supervision, and he must register as a sex offender.

The victims have agreed to the terms of the plea agreement, said Jackson County Senior District Attorney David Hoppe.

Gutches did not offer a statement Wednesday. Grensky ordered a pre-sentencing hearing before handing down the final sentence, which should occur within the next 30 days. Gutches remains lodged without bail in the Jackson County Jail. He will be given credit for time served.

Gutches turned himself in to Central Point police May 28 after the agency issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of first-degree rape and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. The charges stem from a case involving a 17-year-old girl Gutches met at a party, police said.

A second rape case against Gutches included four counts each of first- and second-degree rape and charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful sexual penetration. Court records indicate the abuse happened in summer 2007. The victim was 13 at the time of Gutches' arrest. Prosecutors said she had been assaulted over a two-year period. Gutches pleaded guilty to two counts of having forcible sexual intercourse with the younger victim.

Gutches also made news in 2007 when he and a friend were charged with the illegal killing of four black-tailed deer in the upper Elk Creek drainage during the last weekend of the general rifle season. All but one of the seven charges of poaching were dismissed, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail

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