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Oregon State Police Detectives Arrest Molalla Juvenile in Sex Abuse Investigation

The juvenile was transported to Donald E. Long Home detention facility in Portland where he will be detained pending juvenile court proceedings.

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The juvenile was transported to Donald E. Long Home detention facility

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Oregon State Police arrested a 17-year old Molalla-area boy Thursday afternoon for a number of sex abuse charges.

OSP Spokesman Greg Hastings says the arrest relates to a criminal investigation of alleged sexual misconduct involving some members of the boy's high school basketball team during a December 2006 road trip. Thursday at approximately 12:12 PM, OSP detectives and a trooper arrested the juvenile suspect at Molalla High School for Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, Harassment, Coercion, and Probation Violation.

The juvenile was transported to Donald E. Long Home detention facility in Portland where he will be detained pending juvenile court proceedings. Oregon State Police launched the investigation in late January 2007, after learning through the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office that the investigation may involve more than one jurisdiction. The OSP investigation is continuing. The juvenile suspect's name is being withheld at this time unless he will be charged as an adult.

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Hank Ruark April 28, 2007 12:03 pm (Pacific time)

To all: No personal experience as with AM, but from reporting on many such incidents can both acknowledge and support precisely what he states. Attitudes today sometimes at least as avoiding, obstructive as earlier, but many more open channel for those so injured.

Albert Marnell April 27, 2007 10:28 pm (Pacific time)

Sue-- When I was in high school there was an acceptance by teachers, administrators, students, lawyers, politicians, law enforcement and the subconscious of people in general that this was to be trivialized, to be made fun of, ignored, a dirty secret that even opposing sides were scared of the stigma of any association. I think that the main thing is to be open and put adults on notice that they will be held accountable for the abuse of minors, in whatever way. When your child is entrusted into the hands of a school or other institution, it should be a given that they will be safer than even with their parents. I was pretty brave for a young kid in those days. When I look back I remember the culpability of the powerful adults that did not want to deal with it and I being a minor had no legal rights on my own without my parents' consent. Today, I would tell people to scream louder about all of the details in front of as many people as possible and teach your children that shame of anything sexual in nature is the problem of others and the large remains of an outdated suppressed society where "children were to be seen and not heard." Human sexuality was to be discussed only in very "private" situations in a very non-graphic and in a non matter of fact way. We are sexual beings and every hour our sexuality plays some role in the events of that hour. This is not acknowledged even today especially with the new conservative backlash of people not versed in human sexuality, sociology, psychology or science. Do not give in to prudery. Speak and write the truth, truth, truth....loud and clear. Take a risk. Even get hurt but fight the ignorant, apathetic and the unevolved.

Sue April 27, 2007 3:09 pm (Pacific time)

Albert--I am sorry. I don't think you were looking for sympathy, but I am sorry for your experience. I ask though, what can we learn? what can we do? It happens way too much and I am sure more than we know. Makes me feel sick and helpless.

Albert Marnell April 27, 2007 11:02 am (Pacific time)

In 1970, age 15 or slightly less, I was preyed on by two of this kind. I went to the higher ups and nothing was done. Long story....not dwelling on but not forgotten. Society was primitive back then in a different way then now. Technologically we have advanced greatly. Emotionally it might as well be 5000 B.C.

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