PORTLAND, Ore. – Thursday, 41-year-old Jose Moo-Caamal was sentenced to 30 years in prison. In July of this year a Multnomah County jury found Mr. Moo-Caamal guilty of multiple counts of rape in the first degree, sodomy in the first degree, sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of each rape and sodomy in the third degree.
In August, 2019, the victim, 14, disclosed to family members and later to hospital personnel and police, that she had been sexually abused by Mr. Moo-Caamal since the age of six. The sexual abuse last occurred approximately one month prior to her disclosure.
At sentencing, the victim and her mother told the court about the extensive negative impacts of Mr. Moo-Caamal’s crimes. The Honorable Judge Benjamin Souede directly addressed the victim and commended her for the bravery, courage and strength she showed during her trial testimony and again at sentencing.
It was through the coordination, communication and collaboration of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team that this case was investigated and prosecuted. The Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team includes representatives from CARES Northwest, local law enforcement, public schools, hospitals, health departments, local mental health service providers, the Oregon Department of Human Services, and Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team works with community partners to protect children who have been abused and neglected while striving to ensure that all practices are trauma-informed and mitigate the life-long consequences of child abuse. CARES Northwest, Multnomah County’s child abuse assessment center, is a community-based medical program for the assessment, treatment and prevention of child abuse.