Clatskanie man, 79, accused of child sex abuse in case from 2010 - KPTV - FOX 12

Clatskanie man, 79, accused of child sex abuse in case from 2010

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Karl Cline, jail booking photo Karl Cline, jail booking photo
CLATSKANIE, OR (KPTV) -

A 79-year-old Clatskanie man is facing charges including first-degree sexual abuse in a case that began in 2010.

Karl Cline was arrested Wednesday at his home on the 19000 block of Shepard Road.

The investigation began in 2010, when a 12-year-old girl reported that Cline had exposed himself to her. A forensic interview was conducted at that time, but deputies said not enough information was developed to charge Cline. 

Last October, a school resource officer learned of a more detailed disclosure from one of two alleged victims of Cline. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office opened a new case and conducted a child forensic interview in February.

Cline met with detectives in March, but he was not arrested. Last week, deputies said both victims testified before a grand jury and Cline was indicted on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of attempted sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree sodomy.

Cline was booked into jail with bail set at $108,000.

Detectives said additional charges are possible after further investigation is conducted at Cline's home.

Anyone with information about the suspect or this investigation is asked to call the sheriff's office tip line at 503-366-4698.

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