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Published January 11, 2006


H&N Staff Writer

A Bonanza couple was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail and three years probation for sexual crimes that occurred last August against a 17-year-old ranch hand.

Amy Garcelon, 30, and her husband, Glen Garcelon, 36, were charged with second-degree sex abuse and two counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor. They were sentenced by Judge Rodger J. Isaacson of the Klamath County Circuit Court. Both Garcelons pleaded guilty.

As part of the sentence, the couple must register as sex offenders in the state of Oregon, according to District Attorney Ed Caleb. The Garcelons must also submit to and pay for an evaluation performed by a county sex offender program, have no contact with the victim, and take a polygraph test to ensure their compliance with the probation conditions.

Authorities first arrested the Garcelons Aug. 18, 2005, after receiving an anonymous tip that the couple were having sexual relationships with teenage boys. The tipster named one victim specifically, according to a crime incident report filed by Detective Monty Holloway of the Klamath County Circuit Court on Aug. 17.

According to the crime report, Amy Garcelon had multiple sexual encounters with the teenager while Glen Garcelon watched and waited his turn to have sex with her.

Caleb said Tuesday that Glen Garcelon was given the same sentence as his wife because he helped plan when and where the sexual encounters would occur.

According to the crime report, the couple had known the boy since he was a child and had also known his family.

Amy Garcelon worked as a cheerleading coach and teacher's aide at the Bonanza school the teenager attended, but the sexual relationship was not a result of any connections at school, authorities have said.

The Garcelons' three young children, who authorities said were asleep in another room during the encounters, are being watched by their grandparents under mandate of Child Protective Services. The couple have been granted supervised visitation with them.

It has not been specified when the children would return to their parents, Caleb said.