A Sweet Home man accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday in Linn County Circuit Court for the sexual abuse of two young girls.
Thomas Nunn, 31, of Sweet Home, pled guilty to one count of first-degree sex abuse in the case of one victim. Two additional first-degree sex abuse counts were dropped.
In the case of the second victim, Nunn agreed to plead guilty to three counts — two of first-degree sex abuse and one of attempted sex abuse in exchange for the dismissal of three additional counts of first-degree sex abuse.
“I’m very happy with the result,” said Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Crow, who prosecuted the case.
He said after discussions Monday with Nunn’s attorney, Keith Rohrbough, the lawyers jointly recommended the plea to the court.
Crow said the investigation began when one girl, now a teenager, told her mother that Nunn, a family friend, had abused her multiple times in 2004, when she was about 7 years old.
Albany police detectives caught up with Nunn at his residence in Sweet Home, where he confessed, on audio recording.
Detectives asked if Nunn had abused any others, and he admitted the abuse of a family member, also a young girl.
“It should be noted that the success of this case is due to the detective work of Steve Corder at Albany Police Department,” Crow added.
The abuse occurred in private residences in Albany and Sweet Home.
Judge Thomas McHill did the sentencing.