A man in the middle of a murder investigation dating back to 2011 is now charged with sexually abusing children.
Jason Jaynes, 33, was indicted by a Clackamas County grand jury Sept. 20 on charges including rape, sex abuse and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.
Investigators said the crimes involved girls in the Gladstone area between 1998 and 2001.
Jaynes is already facing charges of attempted aggravated murder and criminal conspiracy for the death of Debbie Higbee-Benton.
The 54-year-old woman was found dead in May 2011 at the Gladstone Beauty Salon on Portland Avenue, which she had run for years.
Her estranged partner, Lynn Benton, was arrested for what police described as a murder-for-hire plot. Detectives testified that Benton offered Susan Campbell $2,000 to carry out the killing. Benton, who now lives as a man after a gender reassignment process, is a former Gladstone police sergeant.
Campbell, originally charged with murder, agreed to a plea deal in November 2012 and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of attempted aggravated murder.
Jaynes is her son.
Court documents show the plan to kill Higbee-Benton was in the making for more than a year, with Benton meeting Campbell and Jaynes at least three different times to discuss the plot. Jaynes was arrested in that case in November 2012.
Detectives will not say if the child sex abuse charges are connected to the murder investigation.
However, police believe Jaynes had more victims. He lived on Ipswich Street in Gladstone throughout his childhood and then off-and-on during his adult years.
If you know anything about Jaynes or any more potential victims, call the police tip line at 1-888-780-5678.
Jaynes is currently in the Clackamas County Jail on $1.25 million bail. Benton was transferred to the Marion County Jail for security reasons last year. He remains there without bail.
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