I am so pleased that this young man came forward and named his abuser. Now he can begin his healing.


Retired Army general of Beaverton admits to sexually abusing boy
February 24, 2012

"A retired two-star U.S. Army general admitted Friday in Washington County Circuit Court to the long-term sexual abuse of a young relative. John Christian Heldstab, 71, of Beaverton, faced 29 charges related to the abuse. In a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree sex abuse and agreed to a 10-year prison sentence...."


"...Initially, the young man disclosed that he was a victim of sex abuse, [Deputy District Attorney Kevin] Barton said, but he wouldn't identify his abuser. After seeing a counselor, he eventually came forward and told police Heldstab had molested him over a 10-year period. The abuse began when he was about 8 years old, he told investigators, when his parents sent him on a cross-country RV trip with Heldstab and his wife. The victim, who lived out of state, visited the couple twice a year on summer and holiday vacations. The abuse occurred during those visits "like clockwork," Barton said. In addition to physical sex abuse, the victim said, Heldstab showed him adult and child porn and images of bestiality...."

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