Retirement home owner gets 2 days for sex abuse of 12 women

Herbert Sahnow, Feb. 22, 2016 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Herbert Sahnow, Feb. 22, 2016 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) – The owner of a retirement community west of Portland will serve two days in jail and five years of probation for sexually abusing 12 women.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 73-year-old Herbert “Howard” Sahnow was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to 11 counts of third-degree sex abuse and one count of attempted third-degree sexual abuse.

Over two dozen other sexual abuse and other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement, which lawyers say was negotiated with victims’ input.

Sahnow groped and fondled employees and residents of The Elms, the retirement community he owns in Forest Grove.

Police say the victims ranged in age from their 30s to their 80s.

Sahnow was also ordered to stay away from the retirement community, pay restitution and register as a sex offender. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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