SALEM, OR (KPTV) – An 80-year-old man has been arrested and accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl.

James Allen Moore was actively involved in his church, where he worked with children for decades, according to Oregon State Police. Moore was arrested Monday and is facing one count of sexual abuse in the first degree.

Law enforcement says the arrest stems from an incident that occurred in early June this year; the incident involved a 9-year-old girl, who was known to Moore, according to OSP.

Both Moore and the girl are from the Salem area, according to police. 

Due to Moore’s involvement with children, OSP is concerned there could be additional victims.

Anyone with information regarding Moore is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at *OSP or 1-800-442-0776 and reference Detective Ian McKay.

Police later released additional details that Moore is part of the Valley Baptist Church of Perrydale. The alleged abuse took place in Deschutes County. 

FOX 12 spoke with the pastor at Valley Baptist Church, who says he knows Moore very well and is in complete shock over the arrest.

He said Moore has attended that church for years. The pastor also said he trusts the Lord and the legal system to bring out the whole truth and that he wants to protect his congregation.

Detectives told FOX 12 Moore has worked with kids for a large portion of his life in various ways and not always through churches.

Moore was released from jail Wednesday night after posting bail.

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