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Longtime foster parent alleged to have had sexual contact with teenage girl.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Michael John McCoyA man who served as a foster parent for Jefferson County kids for the past 20 years, Michael "Mike" John McCoy, of Madras, was arrested March 12, on charges of sexual abuse.

McCoy, 60, who was employed as a maintenance worker for School District 509-J, faces five counts of first-degree sexual abuse, Class B felonies, alleging sexual contact with a female under the age of 14, between March 2015, and June 2016, and five counts of third-degree sexual abuse, Class A misdemeanors, alleging contact with the same female between June 2016 and June 2017.

He was lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, with security set at $500,000.

According to the arrest affidavit, Detective Jason Pollock, of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, received a report March 7, from the Department of Human Services, that McCoy had disclosed an inappropriate relationship to a counselor. Within 20 minutes, Pollock went to McCoy's home and spoke to his wife.

McCoy arrived home from work shortly thereafter and Pollock read him his Miranda rights and went to another room to interview him. McCoy admitted to Pollock that he had had an inappropriate relationship with the girl.

On March 12, Pollock traveled out of state to interview the girl, who is now 15. The girl confirmed the inappropriate touching, and Pollock returned to Oregon and arrested McCoy.

"Given the nature of the ongoing investigation, the fact that Michael worked for the 509-J School District and he has been a foster parent since 1998, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help with any information in relation to this case," said Sheriff Jim Adkins in a news release.

"The Sheriff's Office is particularly concerned with Michael's frequent contact with children," he added.

First-degree sexual abuse is a Measure 11 crime, which means it is subject to mandatory minimum sentences. A single count of first-degree sexual abuse has a minimum sentence of six years and three months under an Oregon statute.

Anyone with additional information on the case is urged to contact Pollock at 541-475-6520 or 541-420-1619.

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