79-year-old Clatskanie man arrested for sex abuse

Karl Cline was charged for sodomy and sex abuse by a Columbia County grand jury

Karl Cline was arrested for sex abuse in Columbia County on June 29. (CCSO)

CLATSKANIE, Ore. (KOIN) — A referral from a school resource officer led to the arrest of a 79-year-old man on charges sex abuse in Clatskanie Wednesday.

Karl Cline was charged with 2 counts of sodomy, 7 counts of sexual abuse and one count of attempted sexual abuse by the Columbia County grand jury.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s office, a report was first made to Oregon DHS in 2010. Cline reportedly exposed himself to the 12-year-old victim, but there was not enough information then to charge him.

Investigators learned that the female student, now 6 years older, disclosed more detail of the abuse from 2010 to her school resource office in October. The officer reported what the girl said to investigators, who submitted it to a grand jury to indict Cline.

In March, Cline met with investigators, but was not arrested until June 29. He is being held on $108,000 bail.



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