A former Oregon State University employee who was convicted of raping a student employee on a date was sentenced to 100 months of incarceration Friday in Benton County Circuit Court.
Jose Gabriel Gonzalez-Merwin, 49, was found guilty Monday afternoon of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sex abuse and second-degree sex abuse after a five-day trial last week.
Gonzalez-Merwin’s accuser did not appear in court for the sentencing.
Amie Matusko, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case, said the jury did not believe Gonzalez-Merwin’s story that his sexual encounter with his accuser was consensual. But she added that Gonzalez-Merwin believed his own story, which meant he didn’t understand what he did was rape.
“That makes him a dangerous offender, in the state’s view,” she said.
Gonzalez-Merwin chose not to speak when given the chance to address the judge.
Judge David Connell said the five-day trial was difficult for the victim, who had to testify for seven hours about the April 2017 incident.
“That night in question,” he said to Gonzalez-Merwin, “you took something that is not easy to replaced from her: her trust in other people and her trust in herself. The sentence is certainly appropriate in that light.”