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Man sentenced for attack on prostitute

An Eagle Point man was sentenced Monday to six years and seven months in prison after an attack on a prostitute he met through a website that has since been shut down for hosting sex advertisements.

Tim Allan Lewis, 65, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted kidnapping, attempted sodomy and coercion for the June 22, 2016, incident.

He also pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence of intoxicants on June 11, 2015, and harassment of his then-girlfriend on Nov. 7, 2014.

Lewis will receive credit toward his prison sentence for the time he has spent in the Jackson County Jail. He has been lodged there since June 2016 on $1 million bail for the incident with the prostitute.

Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Zori Cook said Lewis became involved with methamphetamine and began contacting people online.

He met up with the prostitute after accessing backpage.com, Cook said.

The website was shut down after it was seized by the FBI and other federal and state authorities April 6 of this year.

Prosecutors allege the site generated more than a half-billion dollars in prostitution-related revenue while facilitating adult prostitution and the sex trafficking of minors.

Cook said the prostitute reported Lewis held her with a gun and forced her into a variety of sex acts.

In cases involving prostitutes, jurors typically have a difficult time figuring out which acts are consensual and which are forcible, Cook said.

Lewis originally faced charges that included kidnapping, sexual abuse and sodomy, but agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charges that included attempted kidnapping and attempted sodomy.

Cook said the two women victims were relieved the cases were resolved and didn’t go to trial.

“They’d hoped for some genuine remorse from the defendant,” Cook said. “They never really got that.”

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

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