Sex offender violates probation; Judge angry

The victim and her dad are furious that more can't be done legally

Mark Warren appeared in court for violating his probation on October 7, 2016. (KOIN)
Mark Warren appeared in court for violating his probation on October 7, 2016. (KOIN)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A sex offender was back in court for violating his probation a year after his initial conviction.

On October 9, 2015, Mark Warren was caught in a police sting when he was sexting a teen and she turned the tables on him.

The teen — who is not being identified by KOIN 6 News — posted an ad on Craigslist looking for babysitting or cleaning work to save up for a car. Instead, Warren got her number and texted her saying he was looking for someone to do “adult stuff.”

“He asked for underwear pictures, he asked for bra pictures, he asked for full body pictures,” the teen told KOIN. “He said a full body work, undressed and massage.”

The girl and her dad called police and Warren was arrested and convicted of luring a minor.

After his conviction, Warren spent a few days in jail and was given 5 years probation. The victim says that sentence seemed like a slap on the wrist.

A year later he’s at it again, admitting to looking at nude photos of minors. In court he said he looked at porn on the internet and watched YouTube videos of nude minors. He says now he’s taking his probation seriously.

“God has changed my heart, in how I was acting and how I was thinking,” Warren said.

The teen victim’s dad, John, is furious.

“The gentlemen wasn’t even on probation for a full 5 months before he’s looking for minors on the internet,” he said.

John asked Judge Fred Avera to impose harsher sentence in court and Avera seemed to agree but found his hands were tied by state laws.

“I think it’s time the court shows this is not a laughing matter,” Avera said. “You have come here today having failed those two most important conditions. I would like nothing better to do, and I’m sure Judge Ochoa wanted to do when he saw you, which is to put you under as big of a rock I can find. The legislature has imposed upon us certain guidelines that the state has to follow and I have to follow.”

Avera said in order to keep Warren supervised for the next 5 years, he had to follow guidelines of a 7-day sentence with continued probation. Warren was able to walk out of court a free man due to credit for time served.

“He doesn’t have to pay any consequences for his crimes,” John said.