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Man convicted in Josephine County child sex abuse case dies in prison

Dennis Willian went to prison in 2010 after being convicted on five counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

Posted: Mar 29, 2019 4:08 PM

UMATILLA, Ore. — A Josephine County man convicted of child sexual abuse in 2010 has died in prison at the age of 75, according to a statement from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC).

Willian went to prison in July of 2010 after pleading guilty to five counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. His earliest possible release date was set for June 8 of this year — but Willian did not live to seek parole.

According to the DOC, Willian was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla and died in the infirmary while on hospice care.

"DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously," the agency said. "While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims."

News reports from the time of Willian's trial said that he had been living near Cave Junction at the time of his arrest. Deputies took Willian into custody on suspicion of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl in 2002. Willian was reportedly living near an elementary school prior to the arrest, and law enforcement suspected that he may have victimized others.

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