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Soldier with a probation conflict

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Posted: Sep 17, 2012 7:46 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Sep 17, 2012 7:46 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: probation, soldier, Oregon Supreme Court, Derrick James McDonald

A soldier on probation for sex offenses can leave Oregon to serve with his unit in Afghanistan. The Oregon Supreme Court ordered a judge to modify the probation for Derrick McDonald so it wouldn't conflict with his order to deploy. He was sentenced in January to five years probation and sex offender treatment after pleading guilty to misdemeanor sex offenses. The judge had refused to modify McDonald's probation last month, saying he made little effort to complete his sex offender treatment. If the state supreme court had not stepped in, McDonald would have violated terms of his probation by leaving the country and would have been arrested when he returned.

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