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Tip from out of state leads to arrest of St. Helens man on sex abuse charges

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Mark Habel, jail booking photo Mark Habel, jail booking photo
ST. HELENS, OR (KPTV) -

A St. Helens man in behind bars facing 18 counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

Investigators said a tip from an out-of-state source led them to investigate 46-year-old Mark Habel.

Habel was booked in the Columbia County Jail on Saturday on charges of sex abuse, unlawful sexual penetration and contempt of court.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said the charges are connected to the ongoing abuse of a single victim under the age of 18 years old.

No other details were released by investigators.

Habel was scheduled to be arraigned in court Monday. His bail was set at $1.76 million.

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