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Disabled Oregon Woman, Jennifer Lynn Wills, Receives 5 Years Probation For Sex With Minors

Posted on: November 12, 2009

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10:26 11/5/2009
November 4th 2009

A 30-year-old woman who lured teenagers into her Gresham apartment with alcohol and marijuana, then had sex with them, was sentenced to five years probation Wednesday.

Authorities say Jennifer Lynn Wills’ victims ranged in age from 14 to 18, and included two boys whom she had sex with and a girl whose breast she touched in 2008.

Gresham Det. Don Gibson, said Wills’ case is unusual because she’s a woman, but he said sexual predators often ply teenagers with drugs or alcohol. “This kind of thing goes on all the time,” he said. Most often, he added, the abuse goes unreported.

Wills wasn’t arrested until last April, after two of her victims told police.

Wills pleaded no contest to seven felony and misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse, contributing to the sexual delinquency of minors and giving alcohol and marijuana to minors while living at an apartment complex at 3500 N.E. 17th Street.

Oregon sentencing guidelines recommended 1 1/3 years to 3 1/2 years in prison for Wills’ felonies, but the prosecutor asked Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Walker for six months of jail time. Prosecutor Bob Leineweber said he took into account her lack of previous criminal history, the toll on the victims required to testify and the important message he thought six months in jail would send Wills.

In arguing for no jail time, Wills’ attorney said her client is in therapy to find out why she turns to teen-agers for companionship. Attorney Jessica Minifie said Wills was diagnosed with severe arthritis as a teen, and was in two car accidents in her 20s.

“Those are kind of lost teen-age, lost young adult years,” Minifie said.

Wills uses a wheelchair, and Minifie said she has very limited use of her arms, hands and legs. Wills lives with her mother, who helps her use the bathroom, get dressed and eat, Minifie said.

Gibson, the detective, said in an interview after court that he believes Wills was exaggerating her limitations and hiding behind her disability in hopes of avoiding criminal charges.

“I’m a cop, and I don’t buy that,” Gibson said, of Wills’ defense. “As far as I’m concerned, she’s a predator.”

Gibson said Wills admitted in an interview to wrestling with teens.

Minifie said that her client has been humiliated by news reports after her arrest.

“People have been yelling at her in the streets …’Child molester!'” Minifie said.

Wills told the judge she’s motivated to change. She said her overnight stay in jail after her arrest scared her, and she won’t break the law again.

The judge told Wills he thinks she has the ability to change. He also said her medical condition would pose “more of a detriment to jail staff” than a deterrent to her. He didn’t sentence her to jail, but said if she slips up again, “I will not hesitate for a second to lock you up.”

The judge sentenced Wills to five years of probation. She also must undergo a mental-health evaluation, drug and alcohol treatment and stay away from children. She will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/11/wheelchair_bound_gresham_woman.html

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