An Oregon woman has been convicted of crimes associated with the ongoing rape of a seven-year-old boy. Oregon Live reports that 22-year-old Melissa Chacon could face a prison sentence of up to 25 years behind bars, but will the punishment fit the crime of sexually assaulting an innocent child?
The ongoing rape of the seven-year-old boy, who isn’t being named, was discovered earlier this year by a loved one of the child victim. A brief investigation ended in the arrest of the 22-year-old woman, who reportedly confessed to the crimes to authorities. She also provided a slew of details surrounding what she and the seven-year-old boy had done. This led to her being indicted on first-degree rape and a host of other charges. Oregon Live reported in May that Melissa Chacon was kept in jail on bond in the amount of $750k — which is where she remained until she was recently convicted of the crimes.
Chacon told authorities that she had sex with the boy multiple times between January and February of this year. She also didn’t hide her activities during the course of this ongoing abuse. That’s because the seven-year-old boy’s sister witnessed the two kissing inappropriately. The little girl also walked in on the two in bed together. However, it wasn’t the little sister who brought the abuse to light. The seven-year-old victim reportedly told his mother that Melissa Chacon had been sexually molesting him. The woman called the police and pushed for justice for her little boy. The child victim gave interviews with CARES Northwest as testimony during the investigation. He confirmed that the sexual abuse occurred in Chacon’s bedroom — indicating that the woman was living with the family at the time of the rapes. Reports are not sharing whether or not the Oregon woman was related to the victim or if she had been entrusted to care for him or other children.
At the time of the Oregon woman’s indictment, she was charged with first-degree rape, a count of using a child in a display of sexual conduct, and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. During the trial surrounding her actions, the court only convicted her of three counts of first-degree sexual assault and a single count of first-degree rape. The court dropped the charge of using a child in display of sexual conduct. All of the crimes she has been convicted of committing come with mandatory sentences attached to them thanks to Jessica’s Law, which was designed to protect children from sexual predators.
Chacon is expected to be sentenced in the near future, but the length of time she will spend in prison is not yet known. She could spend up to 25 years in prison if the judge gives her the maximum punishment for the crimes she has committed. Meanwhile, the family of the victim hasn’t spoken out publicly about the case.