Man sentenced for molesting kids calls crimes 'lapses in judgment'

COQUILLE, Ore. -- A Coos County man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually molesting four children in what he called "lapses in judgment."

A Coos County judge sentenced Steven Perkins on Tuesday to spend the next 25 years of his life in prison with no possible way of having his sentence reduced.

None of the families of the victims spoke in court. Perkins admitted to sexually molesting four South Coast children, all under the age of 10.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said all sides of the case believed a trial would just traumatize the victims, all of whom already testified once in pre-trial hearings.

That, Frasier said, is what lead to a plea deal. "Two 10-year-olds, an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old, and going to court is not easy on young kids like that," he said. "So, that was a big factor, for me it was anyway."

Perkins spoke up in court, apologizing for what he called "lapses in judgment." He said that when he gets out of prison, he wants to make a positive change in his life and in the world.

In addition to 25 years in prison, Perkins will have more than a decade of post-prison supervision and must register as a sex offender.