St. Helens man arrested for child sexual abuse
A 56-year-old St. Helens man was arrested earlier this month after a report from a girl who said he sexually abused her years ago.
Anthony Wayne Dewey was arrested Thursday, Aug. 3, Columbia County Jail records show, and later indicted on Friday, Aug. 11 by a grand jury on charges of first-degree sexual abuse.
Police say a report from a girl from Longview, who was under the age of 14 at the time, revealed Dewey inappropriately touched her a few years ago in Longview. At the time, Dewey was a trusted adult in her life, a St. Helens Police Department report states.
Following the report to Longview police, Dewey was approached at his home on Construction Way last week by officers from St. Helens, but initially refused to come to the door, according to the police department. Police returned with a search warrant and arrested Dewey, later finding video tapes, photos, evidence of child pornography, and several pieces of children's underwear, swimsuits, costumes and other clothing items designed for girls 12 and younger during subsequent searches of his home.
"The investigation that followed, has officers considering that more victims are possible," a SHPD report states. St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss confirmed Wednesday that Dewey is still under investigation, and new information suggests there may be more victims coming forward.
"We've gotten tips and people have come forward and shared stuff with us regarding potential new victims or other cases," Moss said. "We hoped by sharing that this guy got arrested, it would help bring other people forward."
Moss characterized the investigation into alleged sexual abuse as "very active," alluding to new tips and evidence.
As of Wednesday, Dewey was still in jail.
Note: An earlier version of this story contained information from a St. Helens Police Department press release, stating the victim's age at the time of the alleged contact. That information could not be verified.