MEDFORD, Ore. — The former co-owner of a daycare in Medford pleaded "no contest" to sex abuse charges on Wednesday, prompting an immediate conviction.
32-year-old Andrew Conaway and his wife owned and operated "Family Friendly Daycare" on Tahitian Avenue in Medford prior to his arrest in February of 2018.
Others familiar with the Conaway "daycare" have said that the operation was unlicensed, and reports from the time indicated that it was not listed with the Oregon Secretary of State's business registry. NewsWatch 12 is working to confirm this information.
At the time of Conaway's arrest, law enforcement alleged that he had perpetrated an array of sex abuse crimes against two children under his care — both under the age of six.
Conaway faced eight sex crime charges in total, but six of those charges were dismissed when he pleaded no contest to two charges of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.
According to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office, Conaway's no contest plea meant that he was sentenced on the spot. Conaway will serve 12 and a half years in prison, followed by 10 years of post-prison supervision.