Man Sentenced In Rape, Sexual Assault Case 2-08-2011 - KPTV - FOX 12

Man Sentenced In Rape, Sexual Assault Case 2-08-2011

Telly Heath wrote rap lyrics depicting rape and sexual assault, prosecutors say.
On Tuesday morning, Heath told Judge Gayle Nachtigal that he wanted to own up to his crimes. He told the court he didn't have to put the victims through more anguish.
Last summer, Heath was staying at the Luke Dorf rehabilitation house at Southeast Fifth Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Hillsboro.
Washington County Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeff Lesowski says Heath left the home on his own and went across the street to an apartment complex where he crawled into an apartment belonging to a 21-year-old woman.
Prosecutors say the woman awoke to find Heath standing over her. The attacker was wearing a dark blue bandanna over his face and had on gloves, Lesowski says.
Heath wandered around the victim's apartment and started to steal items. Lesowski says Heath used those items as collateral.
"He told the victim she could have the items back if she cooperated," Lesowski says.
Heath threatened the woman with a knife, pressing it against her skin as he raped her, prosecutors say.
The 21-year-old victim sat two rows behind Heath and broke down as deputies walked him into court. She told the court she thinks about the pain Heath caused.
"There's no satisfying way for me to describe the pain and the fear that I felt that night and how I feel now," the woman says. "Because of this man, I can't sleep at night. Because of this man, I have a fear inside of me that I never used to have before. My sense of security, my independence -- it's gone."
Prosecutors say the day after Heath attacked the woman, he targeted a home where an 11-year-old girl was sleeping.
The girl couldn't sleep in her upstairs bedroom because it was too hot, so she moved downstairs to a guest bedroom, Lesowski says.
Hillsboro police say Heath crawled in through a screen window and walked through the kitchen looking for things to steal.
When the girl woke up, she was overwhelmed with fear. That's when Heath sexually assaulted her, investigators say.
Lesowski says Heath stole an iPhone belonging to the victim's mother. He says that ended up being the evidence that helped investigators arrest Heath.
Before the victim's mother could report the phone as stolen, Heath called his first victim. When he attacked the 21-year-old woman, he had forced her to write down her phone number, according to prosecutors.
Lesowski says investigators were able to track the phone back to the Luke Dorf Center. From there, things moved rapidly and police ended up arresting Heath at a MAX station where they found him with a suitcase packed with personal belongings.
"He was ready to leave," Lesowski says.
In court, the father of the 11-year-old victim says Heath has destroyed his family.
"Because of you, my children are not free to roam the neighborhood. Because of you, I cannot trust their physical or psychological well being to the fence around my house," he says.
For his part, Heath apologized to the victims and their families.
"I'm really sorry for what I did. You might not believe me, but I really am sorry for what I did," he says.
Heath was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, which is why he was living at the Luke Dorf Center.
"I was a sick man who was off his medications at the time," Heath says. "My mind wasn't right. I need help and I want to change."
The judge sentenced him to nearly 37 years in prison. She told him he must get help and has the opportunity to change his life around but only if he takes advantage of treatment programs.
Heath will also have to register as a sex offender.

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