A Woodburn police officer is accused of sexually abusing and sodomizing a female minor, officials said.
Daniel Kerbs, 29, of Salem, was arrested by Tigard detectives on 13 charges, including six counts of third-degree sodomy, six counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.
Kerbs was hired by the Woodburn Police Department in January 2015. He worked as a patrol officer and was placed on administrative leave July 26, said Woodburn police spokesman Jason Horton.
Horton declined to comment further on Kerbs' arrest.
In a statement, Tigard police said Kerbs was taken into custody at his place of employment and lodged at the Washington County jail.
His arrest stemmed from a three-week long investigation. According to police, Kerbs was acquainted with the victim's family. During the abuse, which took place in 2013 and 2014, the victim was a minor.
Kerbs was released from jail Friday and is scheduled to appear for arraignment on Aug. 8.
He is the second Woodburn police officer to be in the news this week.
On Tuesday, former Woodburn police Detective Timothy Cobos pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree misconduct for repeatedly engaging in sexual relations while on duty.
Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris said Cobos' conduct does not reflect the department's ideals.
"This is a tragedy, it's sad for our department and sad for our community," Ferraris said on Tuesday. "The key here is transparency and accountability. We believe in holding our people accountable for their actions."
Woodburn police officer accused of sex abuse, online sexual corruption of a child Whitney M. Woodworth, Statesman Journal July 28, 2017Tweet