Man convicted of sexually abusing teen runaways sentenced to prison

Edwin Moriya, jail booking photo

A man convicted of sexually abusing two runaway teen girls after he pretended to be 16 years old online was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday.

Edwin Moriya, 33, was arrested in November 2014.

Police said he claimed to be 16 years old while talking to girls online a year earlier. Two girls, ages 13 and 16 years old, exchanged phone numbers with him and agreed to meet in person at a Hillsboro store.

The two girls had recently been reported as runaways in Salem, according to police.

After meeting at the store, detectives said the girls returned with Moriya to his Beaverton apartment. Police said the teens drank whiskey and vodka and after going to bed, Moriya sexually abused them.

The following day he dropped them back off at the store where they met, according to police. Officers said after the girls returned to Salem, they reported what had happened.

A jury found Moriya guilty on all charges against him in August, including second-degree rape and first-degree sex abuse.

He was sentenced Friday to eight years and three months in prison and he must register as a sex offender.

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