Medford ICE officer pleads guilty to child sex abuse charges, awaits sentencing

Blake Northway accepted a plea deal in April that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 11:28 AM
Updated: Jun 26, 2019 4:07 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A deportation officer with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Medford office pleaded guilty to charges of child sex abuse in April, according to court records.

Oregon State Police (OSP) and ICE investigators arrested 55-year-old Blake Villagomez Northway in September, taking him to the Jackson County Jail and relieving him of his authority with the immigration agency.

Due to the sensitive nature of the crime, the alleged victim's identity and further details on the investigation have been withheld.

At the time, prosecutors charged Northway with 10 counts of Sodomy in the First Degree and one count of Incest. Despite initially entering a plea of not guilty to all charges, Northway later changed his plea to guilty on five of the Sodomy counts and the single count of Incest before the case could go to trial. The remaining Sodomy charges were dropped.

According to Northway's plea deal, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $375,000.

Northway's sentencing hearing is set for June 26, where he will appear before Judge Lisa Greif at the Jackson County Circuit Court.

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