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Former Cottage Grove music teacher sentenced for sex abuse of student

Gabriel Dickinson, 37, pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 3:58 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2019 6:13 PM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- A now-former music teacher who sexually abused a student at Cottage Grove High School was sentenced Thursday.

Gabriel Dickinson, 37, pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He will serve a 30-day sentence and three years of probation. Dickinson is serving his sentence in Lane County's electronic surveillance program, which means he is wearing an electronic ankle monitor at home. He is technically still in custody. 

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As part of his sentencing, Dickinson must register as a sex offender, undergo sex offender evaluation and treatment, forfeit his teaching license and certification and have no contact with minors, Lane County prosecutor Joanne Miller said.

Police said a school resource officer received information from high school administrators about the abuse in the last week of November 2018.

Police reports said the abuse began when the student was 15 and in 10th grade and continued into November last year.

Cottage Grove High School senior Wyatt Sayles said it's unfortunate that the abuse went unnoticed for so long but believes justice has been served.

"I think it's right what happened to him," Sayles said. "I don't think it would be any sort of proper for him to remain at the school or in the community, and I'm glad that happened to him."

According to Dickinson's LinkedIn account, he had been Cottage Grove High School's music director since July 2015 and was a music teacher with the Bethel School District from September 2010 to June 2015.

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