Man gets 10 years for downtown yoga studio attack

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Jerry Dessources will also have to register as a sex offender

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Jerry Dessources has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 2018 kidnapping and sexual assault of a yoga studio owner in downtown Portland, announced Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill on Friday.

The case stemmed from a January 4, 2018 crime when a yoga studio owner was opening her business on SW 2nd Avenue for the day and was attacked. Dessources knocked on the door before the studio was open under the pretense of wanting to attend the day’s first yoga lesson. The owner let him in to fill out paperwork. He paid the guest fee and even wrote his full name on the registration form.

He then cornered her near the locker room and sexually assaulted her. Despite Dessources being six-feet tall and over 300 pounds at the time of the attack, the victim fought back. At one point she bit his finger hard enough to leave a mark. The woman also warned Dessources that people would start arriving for yoga class, and that’s when he loosened his grip on her just enough for her to escape.

Officers were able to arrest Dessources later that same day and charged him with kidnapping and sexual abuse.

“This case strikes me as particularly heinous in nature,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero, who worked on the case. “The victim – who is extremely resilient – opened her business to Mr. Dessources who then put her through something no one should ever have to go through. Had she not fought for her life, the outcome in this case could have been very different.”

Following his 120-month prison sentence, Dessources will be under post-prison supervision for just under 4 years and will also be registered as a sex offender.

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