Child sex abuser from Oregon gets early release due to virus

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge says he’d grant early release to a 70-year-old federal inmate who is eight months away from completing a 10-year sentence for sexually abusing five girls because of the man’s unusual vulnerability to contracting the coronavirus. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Harry Hintsala has advanced kidney disease, must use a wheelchair and is being held at the Lompoc federal prison in California, where 105 inmates have tested positive and two have died, according to defense lawyer Stephen Sady. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Barr opposed any early release, as did the guardian of one of the victims. Barr says Hinstala sexually abused the children on the Warm Springs Reservation.

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