Oregon soldier on probation can go to Afghanistan

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Supreme Court has ordered a judge to modify the terms of a soldier’s probation so he can serve with his unit to Afghanistan. Derrick James McDonald had asked the court to resolve a conflict between his Army orders to deploy and his local probation requirements.

The 22-year-old Army Reserve corporal was sentenced in January to five years of probation and sex offender treatment after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor sex offenses.

Before Friday’s court ruling, McDonald would have violated terms of his Washington County probation by deploying overseas and faced arrest when he returned home.

A Washington County judge had declined to modify McDonald’s probation last month, saying he had made little effort to complete sex offender treatment.

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