Sex abuse suspect sentenced to 25 years in prison


29 year-old Mitchell Adair was sentenced to 25 years in prison after a Clackamas County jury found him guilty of multiple sex abuse charges involving a 12 year-old.

The Honorable Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Todd L. Van Rysselberghe handed out the sentence Monday, Feb. 27. At the conclusion of a nearly four hour sentencing proceeding, Judge Van Rysselberghe noted that the sentence was warranted because of the serial nature of the defendant’s offenses that took place over many months, the impact the crimes had on the victim and the victim’s family, and the lack of empathy defendant continued to demonstrate.

Adair’s crimes were brought forward to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office after the victim disclosed the abuse to a family member. 

A jury found Adair guilty of the following charges in September 2022:

  • Sodomy in the Second Degree (three counts)
  • Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree 
  • Sexual Abuse in the First Degree

Help is available for victims of child abuse and their families. If you believe a child is being abused, please report it. Call 9-1-1 if you believe the child is in immediate danger and if you suspect the child is being abused call law enforcement or the Oregon Department of Human Services Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Number: 1-855-503-7233. You can also talk to a victims advocate at the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office 24 hours a day at 503-655-8516.