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Sex offender gets 8 years in 2nd rape case

A man cleared of rape charges in 2008 after a Spokane County jury couldn’t reach a verdict was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for a string of sexual assaults last year.

Justin L. Dehn, 23, was arrested last August after three women said Dehn assaulted them at a home in the 6700 block of N. Standard after they returned from a party.

One woman told police she awoke to Dehn raping her on Aug. 2; two others said he’d groped them, according to a probable cause affidavit. One victim’s boyfriend was sleeping next to the bed and called 911 when he awoke to her screaming that she’d been raped, according to the affidavit.

Dehn pleaded guilty in June to two counts of third-degree assault and one count of indecent liberties. He was originally charged with second-degree rape and two counts of indecent liberties.

Dehn was charged in June 2008 with second-degree rape for an incident a woman said happened in December 2006. A jury couldn’t reach a verdict after a two-day trial in March 2009, and prosecutors dropped the charge the next month.

Now Dehn will register as a sex offender for life after he’s released from prison for his recent convictions.

The sentencing recommendation approved in Superior Court on Tuesday gave him 84 months in prison, with credit for time served in jail.


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