Man gets 270 years for sex abuse, torture of 3 young girls
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Portland, Oregon man has been sentenced to 270 years in prison for the repeated sexual abuse, exploitation and torture of three children.
Andrew Kowalczyk was sentenced Monday after a decade of delays brought by Kowalczyk as he sought replacement counsel over a dozen times and filed motions to suppress evidence, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported .
A federal jury convicted Kowalczyk last year of nine counts of producing child pornography.
“Crimes like this one are like a Category 5 Hurricane,” U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman told Kowalcyzk, saying they wipe out a victim’s present and destroy their future.
Kowalczyk called the case against him unfair and was led out of the courtroom after he stuck his middle finger up at the judge and yelled, “You’re a corrupt piece of (expletive).”
Kowalczyk plied the children with toys and paid for Portland motel rooms where the family stayed in 2005, according to prosecutors. The mother testified at trial that she often left her daughters with Kowalczyk.
He was arrested on unrelated charges in Puyallup, Washington, in 2007. When police seized Kowalczyk’s bags they found hundreds of child pornography images and videos on his devices with some created by his camera, prosecutors said. Police released non-pornographic photos of the victims to try to identify them. Their mother then contacted police.
Attorney Erin Olson, who represented the younger victims, said they remain in state custody and struggle with fears and sadness for their older sister, who remembers the abuse.
Their older sister said she has nighttime terrors and guilt for not being fully aware of the abuse at the time and protecting her sisters.
“Andrew is evil itself,” she told the judge. “He deserves to rot in prison for the devilish things he’s done to me and my baby sisters.”