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Boy Scout member arrested on sex abuse charges

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OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

A Boy Scout member is behind bars accused of sexually abusing three boys.

According to court documents the abuse happened in Clackamas County in 2010.

On Friday, Jacob Wittren, 18, was arraigned on the charges related to his indictment.

Wittren was arrested last month in Multnomah County on incest charges, and this week he's accused of abusing three fellow boy scouts who were younger than him in Clackamas County.

On Friday afternoon, Wittren appeared via video monitor at the Clackamas County Courthouse on sex abuse charges.

Outside Wittren's home, a family member declined to comment on the case but would only say, "Jacob was a good kid."

Neighbors who know Wittren were surprised by the allegations.

"He seemed really nice. I've known him for a while and he was really involved in the community and then we hear about it happening. It's bad," said Angelina Bryce who lives near Wittren's home.

The Boy Scouts Cascade Pacific Council issued a statement that read:

"The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who may be a victim of this type of behavior. The behavior included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of these allegations we immediately removed this individual from scouting."

"He was always going on camping trips with them so we saw him doing stuff with the Boy Scouts all the time," said Bryce.

Those who live on Wittren's street are concerned by the news, especially because he lived right across the street from a park and a playground.

"It's really scary, I mean we heard about it when it happened and we can't really believe it because you never think of it being so close to home," added Bryce.

The same year of the abuse allegations, the Boy Scouts honored Wittren for helping design handicap accessible picnic tables at Hopkins Demo Forest Center in Oregon City.

An executive with the Boy Scouts said he met with parents from the troop that Wittren served, to offer support.

They are fully cooperating with police.

Wittren entered a not guilty plea to all five counts of sodomy and he's expected to be in court again, next month.

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