A Eugene man who previously rejected a negotiated settlement pleaded no contest to three sex crimes in Linn County Circuit Court on Wednesday morning.
David Earl Dugan, 47, pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree sex abuse and one count of second-degree sodomy. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 27.
Dugan was charged with eight sex crimes, and all of them are Measure 11 crimes; each carried a mandatory minimum prison sentence of several years. The bulk of the charges are scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing.
During a court hearing in early March, Dugan spurned a deal for him to be convicted on three of the charges, saying that he was feeling pressure to accept the settlement, and he wasn’t getting help for mental health issues. The prosecution, defense and judge warned him the offer might not be on the table again.
The crimes in the case occurred between 2007 and 2010, when the male victim was elementary school age.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and arrested Dugan in October. According to a probable cause affidavit, Dugan admitted to at least one of the crimes in an interview with investigators.
The victim told a deputy that the abuse occurred three or four times a week for years.