- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon’s high court has reversed a life prison sentence for a frequent public masturbator, saying the state’s three-strikes-you’re out law for repeat sex offenders isn’t always constitutional.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/PRbgo9 ) the Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday said locking up 39-year-old Dennis Davidson with no possibility of getting out is a disproportionate sentence for his crimes.

He was sentenced to life in prison after he was caught masturbating in front of women in four places over five years until his arrest in 2011.

The court described Davidson as an “incorrigible” offender, but noted that Davidson has never been convicted of raping, sodomizing or sexually touching any victims — like other sex offenders sentenced to life terms.

The case will go back to court where Davidson will be resentenced.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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