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Pendleton man convicted of 11 sex crimes

PENDLETON, Ore. -- A Pendleton man has been convicted of 11 felony sex crimes for having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl for two months starting in late 2009.

The East Oregonian reports that the Umitalla County Court jury took just 30 minutes Friday to return the verdict against 20-year-old Ryan Cory Newsome.

Prosecutor says Newsome and the girl developed a friendship on the Internet. They told police they were mutually attracted to each other. However, the girl was under the age of consent.

Newsome is to be sentenced Thursday.

Under Oregon's Measure 11, 10 of the counts carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence of six years, three months each.

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