Nick Lane Nolen

Nick Lane Nolen, jail booking photo.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - A sex offender was sentenced to more than 37 years in prison on Friday for sexually abusing a young family member, the Washington County District Attorney’s Office says.

The abuse occurred for several weeks while the child lived with Nick Lane Nolen, the defendant, according to the attorney’s office.

Nolen on Oct. 5 last year was convicted of sodomy in the first degree and eight counts of sexual abuse in the first degree after the girl told her father of the abuse, who reported it to police.

The child testified in court on Friday with help from a comfort dog, Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown said.

Brown described the child’s testimony as “gut-wrenching”.

“She cried and sobbed into her stuffed animal,” Brown said. “Her fear was equally apparent as she turned away and hid her face from the defendant.”

The jury also heard evidence that the defendant was previously convicted of sexually abusing another close family member, the attorney’s office says.

Brown in her sentencing memorandum urged the court to factor in the child vulnerability and the lifelong impact of the abuse. Nolen was sentenced to 450 months in prison.

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