Life sentence sought for man guilty of having sex with vulnerable adult

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Hennepin County jury convicted Corey Gordon of a single count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for posing as a personal care attendant in order to have sex with a vulnerable adult, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Gordon, 43, of Minneapolis showed no emotion as the jury returned the verdict Thursday after two-and-a-half days of deliberation. After delivering their verdict, the jury was then asked to deliberate again on whether Gordon used multiple forms of sexual penetration on his victim, which would be an aggravating circumstance for his sentencing.

The jury found that the prosecutors had proved that aggravating circumstance.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office will now ask for a life sentence at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 25.

“Mr. Gordon is the worst kind of predator, seeking out a woman who he knew had the reasoning and emotional abilities of a fourth-grader and then posing as her personal care attendant to have sex with her while she was supposed to be getting treatment,” Freeman said. “We are thankful that the jury also found aggravating circumstances so that we can ask the judge for a longer sentence than normal for this kind of crime.”

According to the criminal complaint and testimony in the seven-day trial, Gordon approached his victim, who is 10 years younger than he is, in the Mall of America and took her to a coffee shop in October 2012. When the woman’s mother came out of another store, her daughter informed her that she and Gordon had exchanged phone numbers and the mother could see that Gordon was reading about the woman’s disability on his iPad.

Over the next few months, the woman’s mother saw text messages on her daughter’s phone that indicated they might be in a romantic relationship. Family members told Gordon to leave the young woman alone.

Three times a week she would take a bus to the Courage Center for therapy. On May 24, 2013, the mother drove the victim to her treatment and when they arrived, a staff member told the mother that the victim’s personal care attendant was waiting. The mother recognized Gordon and when she confronted him, he quickly left.

However, the victim never had a personal care attendant. Gordon posed as her attendant, which allowed him to take her to the assisted dressing rooms and have sex with her.

Gordon’s defense attorneys argued that the couple was in love and she was capable of making that decision.