No quick decision on Gillmore parole request

SALEM — Serial rapist Richard Troy Gillmore has told a three-member panel of the Oregon parole board that there would be no future victims if he gets out.

The panel made no decision Wednesday night after an eight-hour hearing. A ruling could come in two weeks. The 50-year-old Gillmore said he understands he caused massive damage. He attributed his crimes to his own abuse and abandonment at a young age.

"Acting out was the only way I knew to cover up all the pain," he said, speaking also of his "wounded inner child" that he says he's now coming to terms with.

Two of his victims testified, asking the board to consider their lifelong wounds. They waited more than five hours to speak at the hearing at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Gillmore appeared via closed-circuit television from the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla. But the video connection cut off for about the last 90 minutes of the hearing, so staff had to phone him. Gillmore was convicted in 1987 of the rape of a 13-year-old girl. Known as the "Jogger Rapist" for his practice of hunting for victims while jogging, he has admitted at least seven other sexual attacks in the Portland area in the 1970s and '80s.

He was sentenced to at least 30 years with a 60-year maximum as a dangerous offender, with the other victims testifying about their attacks only during the sentencing phase. However, in 1988 the parole board cut the minimum sentence in half.

Russ Ratto, a Multnomah County senior deputy district attorney who prosecuted Gillmore in 1987, told the panel Gillmore continues to minimize his crimes.

Referencing two recent psychological evaluations, Ratto said Gillmore still has an anti-social personality disorder and rape-arousal fantasies.

"Twenty-four years later in prison, he's no better than when he came in," Ratto said. "That's not a person to parole."

Ratto urged the board not only to deny parole, but also to defer Gillmore's next hearing for as long as 10 years.

Parole board member Darcey Baker asked Gillmore whether he ever considered what impact his rapes had on his victims.

"At that time, honestly, never gave it a thought," he said. "Now, I can definitely think a lot more about it."

Gillmore said he has no idea where he would live or how he'd get a job if paroled. He said he would have the support of his mother in Portland and sister in Washington. When parole board member Candace Wheeler noted he had never apologized to his victims, he said, "Ma'am, if I could go back and take this all away and start over, I would. I'm sorry."

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