Man sentenced to probation for sex abuse

Mitchell Ellis Corbin

The 22-year-old man who sexually abused a 19-year-old culinary student at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center in December was sentenced to five years probation.

Mitchell Ellis Corbin, of Portland, pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 2, in Clatsop County Circuit Court to second-degree sex abuse. Additional charges of first-degree sodomy, first-degree attempted rape and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration were dropped through the plea agreement. Corbin was working on staff at the Christian Conference Center when he met the 19-year-old woman, who was attending a culinary class.

The sex abuse reportedly occurred in a housing unit at the conference center.

He was arrested in April at his parent’s house in Portland and booked into Clatsop County Jail.

The victim did not attended the sentencing hearing Friday, but did send a statement that Prosecutor Scott McCracken read on her behalf. The statement described how she trusted Corbin as a friend and shared her worries and hardships with him. He listened and sympathized, but then took advantage of her emotional state, she said.

“If only I had known what your real intentions were before you proceeded to go too far,” she wrote in the statement.

Judge Philip Nelson ordered Corbin to have no contact with the victim or her family.

The prosecution has 30 days to determine a restitution amount.

Corbin must register as a sex offender and is ordered to have no contact with minors.

His defense lawyer James von Boeckmann asked Judge Nelson to make an exception to the no contact with minors order by allowing him to live at home with his teenage siblings. The judge allowed it.

“I’m going to ask your honor to make an exception to allow him to get on with his life and pick up the pieces sooner rather than later,” von Boeckmann said.

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