BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Redmond man accused of sexually abusing a child for more than four years has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Cody Owen Hough-Nielsen, 31, was in court Tuesday for sentencing after previously entering an Alford plea on two counts of first-degree sex abuse and one of coercion. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.
Hough-Nielsen was arrested in September 2018 after a girl who lived with him told police he had abused her numerous times from 2014 into 2018, while she was younger than 11, prosecutor Stacy Neil told the court.
“She reported that he threatened to hurt her mother if she told anyone,” Neil said.
Hough-Nielsen’s attorney, Karla Nash, said he maintains he did not sexually abuse the child. He did not speak in court.
Nash said her client felt his chances at trial were slim due to his arrest record, which includes a high-profile arrest in 2005, when he was 16.
On Dec. 12 of that year, Hough-Nielsen and two others broke into a Redmond couple’s home picked at random. They ransacked the house, stole guns and jewelry, shot several pets and set the house on fire.
Hough-Nielsen was charged as an adult, convicted on nearly two dozen counts and sentenced to more than seven years in custody.