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SE Portland man facing 54 counts of felony sex crimes involving children

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man whose job history includes working with children is facing dozens of charges of sex crimes involving underage victims, according to police.

Jared Kelly White, 23, was arrested Tuesday at his home near Southeast 126th Avenue and Bush Street.

He was indicted by a grand jury on 28 counts of first-degree sex abuse, 15 counts of first-degree sodomy and 11 counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration.

Detectives said the charges are the result of three 2015 investigations conducted by the Child Abuse Team involving three children going back to 2007 - when White was just 15 himself.

Court records from the secret grand jury indictment show the child victims were as young as 6 and 8 when the abuse began, and it lasted over the course of six years until 2013.

Police said they have reason to believe there are additional victims.

Police said White has had several jobs where he had contact with children, including working for an event-based childcare company and the Multnomah Education Service District outdoor school program.

"It's deeply troubling.  The safety of our students is our priority," MESD spokesperson Lauren Conroy told Fox 12.  "We are working with our districts right now to notify families and students who may have had children at the Sandy River Outdoor School."

MESD runs five outdoor school programs, and Conroy said White worked as a program leader only at the Sandy River campus in Corbett, beginning in March of 2014.

She said roughly 4,000 6th grade students attended either fall or spring sessions at Sandy River while White was employed there through the fall of 2015.

When MESD was notified by police about the investigation in October, the district immediately put White on leave.  Conroy said he won't be returning.

Like all employees, White was required to take a criminal background check.  But at the time, he had no criminal history.

"He did pass a background check and a [far more rigorous] Oregon Department of Education fingerprinting check," Conroy added.  "Unfortunately nothing came up."

Portland Police told Fox 12 the victims in this indictment are not related to White's employment history.

"What bothers me is that this case is so typical," Barbara Peschiera told Fox 12.  "[Offenders often] have many, many, many victims and are very intentional about putting themselves in situations where they have access to children."

Peschiera is the Executive Director of "Children's Center," a child abuse intervention center in Oregon City.

While she was not involved in the investigation surrounding White, she said research shows a third of abusers begin the behavior when they are children, and that - whether the abuse happened recently or years ago, as in this case - it's so important for victims to come forward.

"The courageous act of speaking up is really an important tool to protecting other children," she said.

Anyone with information about White or possible victims is asked to contact Detective Nathan Tobey at 503-823-0276 or nathan.tobey@portlandoregon.gov.

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