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Man who attacked woman at yoga studio gets 10 years

November 2, 2019 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 40-year-old man who attacked a woman as she prepared for a yoga class in downtown Portland has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Jerry Dessources knocked on the studio’s door, asked to sign up for the class and then attacked the woman on Jan. 4, 2018.

The Multnomah County District Attorney says the woman kicked, punched and scratched at Dessources, who continued to assault her, punching her in the face. She broke free when he loosened his grip after she told him the yoga class was about to begin.

Portland police arrested Dessources a few hours after the attack.

Court documents say Dessources was indicted but was sent to the Oregon State Hospital for treatment after the court found him mentally unfit to stand trial. He returned from the hospital to face the charges this year.

Dessources pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexual abuse.

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