A Salem man was sentenced to 105 years and eight months in prison for subjecting a young boy to months of sexual abuse and violence.
Larry Dwayne Rue Jr., 36, was accused of molesting the boy, who was a toddler at the time of the abuse, while his mother was away.
Rue recorded much of the abuse on his cell phone camera and transferred the videos to various USB drives.
Salem police were alerted to the abuse after the USB drives were found by others.
Rue was arrested in July 2016 and later indicted on 17 counts including strangulation, sodomy and attempted assault.
He pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault, four counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sodomy and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct in July.
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Rue's attorney Olcott Thompson asked that his client's sentences be served concurrently for a total prison time of 25 years.
In a sentencing memorandum, Thompson wrote that Rue abused the boy for six months but stopped a year before he was arrested after "he came out of a drug induced fog."
With proper counseling and sobriety, Rue could stop this pattern of abuse, Thompson said.
"It is the understanding of the defense that appropriate steps, including the counseling Mr. Rue did not get, have started to help stop this behavior from continuing through another generation," he wrote.
Prosecutor Ashley Cadotte asked that Rue be given the maximum sentence — more than 155 years in prison.
She cited the more than 50 separate videos of Rue abusing the boy.
"The abuse that the defendant inflicted on the victim was physical, sexual and emotional," she said.
Cadotte detailed one incident where Rue held the boy above a running bathtub and repeatedly dunked him, holding him underwater 15 times. He then made the shaking boy dance to the point of exhaustion while Rue shouted, "You're gonna die!" at him.
"This is just one example of over 50 recordings," Cadotte said.
Rue belittled the boy to make him feel isolated, terrorized him for months and brutally sexually abused him, she added. Following his arrest, Rue blamed his actions on the "kid being such a little brat."
His actions, she said, were nothing short of torture.
After he delivered his sentence on Tuesday, Marion County Judge Sean Armstrong mandated that Rue not be eligible for work release, early release or alternative incarceration programs.
Rue's repeated and deliberate cruelty toward the vulnerable victim justified the long sentence, he said.
Salem man sentenced to 105 years for sexually abusing young boy Whitney M. Woodworth, Statesman Journal Aug. 23, 2017