PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Anthony Curry, who was convicted of 22 felony sex crimes, has received a true life sentence, said Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill in a Friday statement.
The 54-year-old was already serving life sentences in prison for previous sex crime convictions. The most recent sentence comes from a Multnomah County Court where he faced sex trafficking charges related to a 2014 incident in July when he targeted a 15-year-old girl and entrapped her in the human sex trafficking industry. He was arrested in September of that same year.
“Anthony Curry stole my teenage years away from me. Even after I was rescued there was no way for me to be a ‘normal’ teenager. There was no way for me to live a ‘normal’ life. I tried as a teenager, and I am trying as an adult, a mother, and a wife, but there is so much damage, and I can never replace the years that are now lost to me,” said the victim in a written statement that was presented in court.
Curry first targeted the victim when she was waiting for a TriMet bus. He drove past her, circled back, then stopped in the middle of the road to talk to her. Curry convinced her to get in his car, and he then brought her back to his house.
The victim was manipulated by Curry, and coerced into the human sex trafficking industry. According to court testimony, Curry got her a fake ID so they could get into local strip clubs. Evidence submitted during the trail also included photos of the victim dated July, 19 2014 that were posted to Backpage.com.
“Human trafficking is a form of slavery, where traffickers prey on vulnerable victims submitting them to commercial sex acts with strangers in order to make money,” said Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney J.R. Ujifusa, who prosecuted the case.
Ujifusa described Curry as a “smart, sophisticated and an adaptable sexual predator. He has continuously evolved to become more dangerous through every arrest and every conviction.”
Of the 34-count indictment a Multnomah grad jury handed down in 2018, Curry was convicted of 22 felony sex crimes. He now faces four “true life prison sentences” which he will serve consecutively. Curry will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life, and, under Oregon law, he is not eligible for parole—Curry will never be released from prison.
Curry’s criminal record dates back to 1994, and includes convictions in multiple counties in both Washington and Oregon.