EUGENE, Ore. -- A sex offender was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after being found guilty of seven felony counts on Friday, Eugene police said.
Christopher Ray Hare, 48, of Eugene was given a life sentence because he is a three-time sex offender. This is a life sentence with no opportunity for parole. His prior convictions involved girls in Lane and Multomah counties.
Wednesday's life sentence resulted from an incident in July 2019.
On July 13, 2019, a woman reported her 4-year-old granddaughter was grabbed by an unknown man at the Saturday Market. The grandmother pulled the girl away, and the man ran off. Hare was identified as the suspect in the case and during the investigation was in jail on a parole violation. He was also involved in an incident with a minor on a Lane Transit District bus last year.
Hare was sentenced on one count of unlawfully being in a place where children congregate, and three counts each of first and second-degree encouraging child sex abuse.
Lane County Parole & Probation notified the public of Hare's release in early July 2019. He previously served 24 years for rape, sex abuse, kidnapping and burglary.