Man convicted of sex abuse after victim died in car crash gets 8 years

Man convicted of sex abuse after victim died in car crash gets 8 years
Thomas Acosta

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A man who was convicted of sexual abuse although the victim died in a car crash before the trial has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

Thomas Acosta was convicted Feb. 8 in Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport of sodomy, sexual abuse and assault.

He was sentenced Thursday to 100 months in prison on the sodomy and sex abuse convictions and 12 months in jail for assault.

The district attorney's office said Acosta has already served the 12-month jail sentence.

April Loper told police that Acosta knocked her unconscious, bound her and raped her in December 2011.

But Loper and her father died in a car crash in October. Her statements to police were ruled inadmissible as hearsay.

The jury heard only a fraction of the prosecution's evidence but still returned the guilty verdict.

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