MEDFORD, Ore. — A federal judge sentenced 40-year-old Donald Biggs to 15 years and eight months in prison.
NewsWatch 12 was in the courtroom today.
Biggs' lawyer, Terry Kolkey, had asked the judge for leniency in sentencing, saying Biggs is sorry for everything he has done and he is no longer a danger to the community.
Biggs also spoke on his own behalf saying he accepted responsibility, was ashamed of himself and had no right to do what he had done to his victims.
Judge Ann Aiken said testimony from the victims weighed heavily on her decision. Especially the testimony of a victim who had confided in Biggs about a previous time where she was video recorded by her gymnastics coach.
Aiken said Biggs' actions were an extraordinary betrayal and showed well thought out patterns of grooming.
She gave Biggs the enhanced sentence of 188 months behind bars.
(Updated 8/23/18 at 6:45 p.m.)
INITIAL REPORT: Authorities temporarily shut down proceedings at the federal courthouse in downtown Medford today after a man attacked a former youth pastor at his sentencing for sex crimes.
Police began investigating now-39-year-old Donald Courtney Biggs back in November of 2014, leading to his arrest for burglary and sex crimes. Biggs was a youth pastor at Mountain Christian Fellowship at the time. He would eventually plead guilty to sex crimes in federal court.
On Wednesday, Biggs was at the James A. Redden Federal Courthouse in Medford for his sentencing hearing. Victims and their families also gave statements regarding the impact of Biggs' crimes.
Witnesses say that 45-year-old Kevin Patrick Smith—reportedly a family member of one of the victims—then jumped over a wooden barrier at the front of the courtroom and punched Biggs in the nose before US Marshals were able to separate the two.
Biggs was taken to the hospital. Smith was lodged in the Jackson County jail on charges of Fourth Degree Assault, Second Degree Disorderly Conduct, and Obstruction of Judicial Administration.
Biggs' sentencing hearing is set to resume at noon on Thursday.
Back in 2014, Mountain Christian Fellowship reported that Biggs had been placed on administrative leave after they discovered that he was texting inappropriate messages to a 14-year-old girl. Investigators also found that Biggs had secretly made videos of an adult woman in a state of undress in his home without her consent.
Although Biggs resigned from his position at the church, police said that he later broke into the church and stole hard drives and computers which would become evidence after Biggs' arrest.
Police continued the investigation based on additional allegations that he had been recording other women and underage girls at various locations.
Court proceedings began in January of 2015 with a state deputy district attorney prosecuting the case, but it was later transferred to federal court.