Man sentenced to 50 years for sexually abusing six young girls

EUGENE, Ore. -- Former University of Oregon employee Russell Crummett was sentenced to 50 years in prison and a lifetime of paroled supervision Wednesday by a Lane County Judge.

The 51-year-old was initially charged with 42 counts of sexual abuse involving six young girls.

Assistant District Attorney Erik Hasselman told KVAL that Crummett's attorneys gave up his rights to a trial-by-jury during negotiations for a "stipulations of facts" trial. In exchange he only faced 12 counts of sex abuse.

"We just think it was an unreasonable burden to put on a jury," Crummett's attorney Chris Hansen said after the trial. "To ask them to be fair and judge each individual case, individually, rather than as a group. I don't think it gave Mr. Crummett a fair shot at the jury."

Hasselman said that negations in the stipulation dismissed 30 counts of sexual abuse.

"We were prepared to give up some of those charges clearly addressing that he committed serious sexual crimes against all six of the victims in exchange to be in prison for the rest of his life," said Hasselman.

The judge took written testimonies from the six female victims in the case, each ranging from 7 to 14 years old when the abuse occurred.

With the stipulation of facts, both parties agreed to a range of 25 to 50 years in prison.

Crummett was also fined $2,400 and ordered to take a blood test (for STD purposes) by Lane County Judge Zennache.