LE: Former Lebanon judge pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

Whoops. OK, link fixed.

A few questions, though.  For example, what is this line doing in the story?

The charges stem from accusations he abused his power as a judge by using female parolees and employees to gratify his sexual desires.

At the very least, it’s not sourced, and that makes it a really awkward line, since it doesn’t strike me as the kind of thing that a reporter would write.  But this is way more important:

Houchin was sentenced to five years supervised probation, 30 days in jail, 80 hours of community service for each count, registration as a sex offender, sex offender evaluation and treatment, disclosure of all prior victims and must pay $633 in fines and charges.

That’s all he got for this:

Former Lebanon Municipal Court Judge Larry Kenneth Houchin pleaded guilty this afternoon to two counts of first-degree official misconduct, one count of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of sexual harassment.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t really like punitive justice; I prefer something restorative.  But within the constraints of the legal system, it seems like the guy got off really easily.  I hope the Express follows up on this.

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5 Comments on “LE: Former Lebanon judge pleads guilty to sex abuse charges”

  1. lar Says:

    I think he also had to give up his license to practice law in Oregon as well. That’s probably the worse part for him.

  2. IE Says:

    He got off too easy.

  3. Susan Says:

    He did get off easily in that it should have ended his career as Judge almost 5 years ago when it occurred in Sweet Home and it didn’t.

    There are people that, because of their professions, you hold to a higher standard because of their knowledge – the oath that they take – and because of their position of power – than, say someone working construction.

    He would be one of those people.

    I find it difficult to believe that there was not knowledge of his problem prior to his coming to Lebanon.

    Not impossible to believe, but difficult.

    A Judge should never meet “privately” with a defendant to “turn their life around”, How that is not an ethics violation in itself when he did that whilst he was Judge in Sweet Home – I guess I don’t get it.

    I will say that people more intelligent I decided it was not, but my personal opinion is that it was wrong.

    In Lebanon, he continued the pattern.

    But then, he should never have been hired in Lebanon.

  4. Susan Says:


    It should read “I will say that people more intelligent THAN I decided it was not….”

  5. IE Says:

    I doubt these people were more intelligent than you, Susan.

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