BEAVERTON, Ore. — A Beaverton day care worker was sentenced to five years probation with credit for time served after he was convicted of sexually abusing a child.
John Patrick Gilbreath was convicted of one count of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration in January. According to the Washington County District Attorney's Office, Gilbreath faced a mandatory 25-year minimum prison sentence, under the terms of Oregon's "Jessica's Law."
The court decided that the 25-year sentence would be unconstitutional "because there was not sufficient evidence to prove that Gilbreath's actions were done with a sexual intent," the district attorney's office wrote in a news release.
"This case highlights the challenges of addressing child sex abuse when often the only evidence of the crime is the statements of a very young child victim," wrote Stephen Mayer, public information officer for the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
As part of Gilbreath's sentence, he'll be required to register as a sex offender. While on probation, he'll take part in sex offender treatment and is not allowed to have any contact with minors.
Gilbreath worked at the Partridge House day care facility in Beaverton. In 2016, a 3-year-old girl who attended the day care told her parents she was abused. The Beaverton Police Department investigated the case, but did not come up with sufficient evidence to press charges.
Almost two years later, another child who was cared for by Gilbreath also told her parents she was abused. Beaverton police investigated and charges were filed for both victims. Gilbreath was found guilty of one count of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration.
If you suspect your child may have been abused while attending the Partridge House day care facility, call police immediately.