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PORTLAND, Ore. — Five teenagers accused of luring a 24-year-old gay man to a Gresham park to beat and rob him have been sentenced to terms ranging from probation to 2 ½ years in prison.
The last of the defendants, a 16-year-old boy, was sentenced Tuesday. They are 14 to 19.
Justin Carey Simms, the only adult in the group, was sentenced last month to 1 ½ years in prison.
The victim, Adam Salnardi of Clackamas, Ore., said lured to a park on Feb. 15 with the intention of having a sexual encounter with another man whose profile he’d seen in an online forum.
When he got there, however, the group of teens hit him on the head and repeatedly kicked him after he fell to the ground,reported The Oregonian.
The attackers pointed what later were determined to be realistic airsoft guns at Salnardi and called him homophobic names, before running off into the darkness.
At the time of the attack, Gresham police were looking for victims of other similar attacks, but no other victims have come forward.
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