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Oregon: Teens who beat gay man in park are sentenced

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Five masked teens who lured a 24-year-old gay man to a Gresham park -- where they beat him, robbed him and called him homophobic names -- have been sentenced to terms ranging from probation to 2½ years in prison.

A 16-year-old boy was the last of the defendants -- ages 14 to 19 -- to be sentenced Tuesday. Justin Carey Simms, the only adult in the group, was sentenced to 1 ½ years in prison last month. The Oregonian is not naming the other defendants because they are juveniles.

The victim, a Clackamas man, said he went to Vance Park off Southeast 182nd Avenue on Feb. 15 with the intention of having a sexual encounter with another man whose profile he’d seen in an online forum. When he got there, however, the group of teens hit him on the head and repeatedly kicked him after he fell to the ground. They pointed what later were determined to be realistic airsoft guns at him and called him homophobic names, before running off into the darkness.

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