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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015
Astoria man sentenced to 6 1/4 years for rape
pleted the examination of the evidence in the
case and provided evidence to support the
arrest of Bemisdarfer.
A 35-year-old Astoria man was sen-
During the time frame of the rape last
tenced last week to more than six years in
fall, Bemisdarfer was with Astoria transient
prison for raping a 13-year-old runaway girl .
Clinton “Zippy” Brian Holmen — who was
Bruce Joseph Bemisdarfer pleaded no
sentenced earlier this year to three months
contest to second-degree rape as part of a
in jail and three years probation for raping
plea deal. He was originally charged with
a 14-year-old runaway girl. If he violates the
probation, he will get 30 months in prison.
Holmen agreed to the plea deal in Jan-
uary. Astoria police arrested Holmen Oct.
other charges were dropped.
3 after a nearly monthlong investigation
Astoria Police arrested Bemisdarfer Dec.
12 near 14th Street and Kensington Avenue. during the investigation, Bemisdarfer was into allegations made by the family of the
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Holmen was with one runaway girl and
began in early October when the 13-year-old located by police in late October, he denied
girl reported that while she was missing she having been sexually intimate with the vic- Bemisdarfer was with another, according to
prosecutor Dawn Buzzard.
had been raped by a person unknown to her, tim.
As part of Bemisdarfer’s 75-month sen-
Astoria Police obtained a search warrant
The second-degree rape occurred Sept. for Bemisdarfer’s DNA and submitted it for tence, he must complete drug and alcohol
29, according to the indictment.
testing along with other evidence in the case. treatment, have no contact with the victim
Based on descriptions provided to police The Oregon State Police Crime Lab com- and register as a sex offender.
By KYLE SPURR
The Daily Astorian
‘What are your Memorial
Day weekend plans?’
“I plan to put a coat of stain on
the grand front doors of my house.
We didn’t paint those. That’s my
plan, if the weather holds up. So,
it’s work. And then maybe I’ll bar-
becue for a bit.”
Keith Butenshon, Astoria
Cannon Beach Parks and
Community Services Com-
mittee, 9 a.m., Cannon Beach
City Hall 163 E. Gower St.
Cannon Beach Afford-
able Housing Task Force,
3 p.m., Cannon Beach
City Hall 163 E. Gower
Warrenton Budget Com-
mittee, 5:30 p.m., Warrenton
City Hall, 225 S. Main Ave.
Cannon Beach Design
Review Board, 6 p.m., Can-
non Beach City Hall 163 E.
“I might have some friends over
for a barbecue. I just moved into a
new house, so there will be a lot of
Jorge Gutierrez, Astoria
“Since I’m a military veteran’s
widow of many years, I’ll just think
about my husband and family. And
hope it’s a nice day!”
Jo Robinson, Astoria
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June 4, 1921 — April 12, 2015
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Corkett, who is living in Southern Califor-
nia, is already in treatment and is expected to
complete the treatment before sentencing in Au-
The former Oregon State Police trooper ac- gust. He appeared in person in Clatsop County
cused of multiple child pornography charges ac- Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing Thursday,
cepted a plea deal last week, which canceled a trial when he submitted his guilty plea.
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that was scheduled to begin Tuesday.
lawyer, attempted multiple times to
David Charles Corkett, 53, agreed to
dismiss the case, claiming the child
plead guilty to two counts of third-de-
pornography material was a form
gree encouraging child sex abuse, a
of freedom of expression, not child
Class A misdemeanor .
abuse, and the material could only
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charges of second-degree encouraging
not sexually explicit, were produced
child sex abuse, a Class C felony .
outside Oregon, were recorded be-
A sentencing hearing has been set
fore the state statute was enacted and
for 2 p.m. August 12 in Clatsop County
were produced in places where the
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es were from nudist publications, the motion
as a sex offender.
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Corkett was wanted on the felony charges
cludes Corkett forfeiting his Oregon Department
of Public Safety Standards and Training license, following an international child exploitation
which would prevent him from working in law investigation, “Operation Spade,” conducted by
the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
enforcement in Oregon.
By KYLE SPURR
The Daily Astorian
Berk presents tonight in Astoria
Former OSP trooper accused
of child porn takes plea deal
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Melvin Henry Iverson passed away on Norway, VASA, and various other Swedish
April 12, 2015, in Seaside, Ore. Mel was born Clubs. He was also very active in the Luther-
on June 4, 1921, in Portland, Ore., to
his parents, Elias and Augusta (Akse)
Mel was a people person; he en-
joyed a good cup of coffee and spend-
Mel graduated from Astoria High
ing time with family and friends, and
he enjoyed his involvement in the
School, and after his graduation he
Scandinavian community, as well
joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, and in
as the trips he was able to make to
1945 he was honorably discharged.
purchase Scandinavian items for his
During Mel’s time in the Navy, he re-
shop. Mel received many honors in
ceived the American Area Campaign
the Scandinavian community, and he
Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the
was named Scandinavian of the Year
Philippine Liberation Medal, one
in 1987. Mel was the proud owner of
VWDU DQG WKH $VLDWLF 3DFL¿F $UHD
a business that imported Scandina-
Campaign Medal, four stars.
vian items and furniture.
After his service in the U.S. Navy,
On May 6, 2000, Mel married his wife Al-
Mel attended the University of Washington,
and he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in ice, and they resided on the coast together.
Mel was preceded in death by his par-
business management in 1950. After Mel’s
graduation, he then rejoined the service in ents, Elias and Augusta Iverson. Mel is sur-
1951, and was then honorably discharged from vived by his wife, Alice Iverson; his neph-
ews, Don (Molly) Hughes and Scott Hughes;
the U.S. Army in 1952.
Mel was an active member of the com- and his six stepchildren, Jon, Steve, Paul,
munity; he was involved in the Scandina- Timothy, Annette, and Kristine. He will be
vian Heritage Foundation, including Sons of missed.
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