Former Woodburn officer pleads guilty to sex crimes
Dan Kerbs, a former Woodburn police officer, has pleaded guilty to first-degree online sexual corruption of a child and second-degree sexual abuse.
Kerbs, a Salem resident who appeared in Washington County Court, submitted his amended plea on March 20, an update from his original plea of not guilty for 13 charges in August 2017.
Kerbs resigned from his position with the Woodburn Police Department March 22.
Kerbs is scheduled to be sentenced May 23.
The maximum sentence for first-degree online sexual corruption of a child is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $350,000. The maximum sentence for second-degree sexual abuse is five years and a $125,000 fine.
Kerbs was arrested by Tigard police in July 2017 following a three-week-long sex abuse investigation. According to his indictment, Kerbs was acquainted with the family of the victim, who was under the age of 16 when the crimes allegedly occurred.
Kerbs was hired as a Woodburn police officer in January 2015. He has been on unpaid administrative leave since Aug. 2, 2017.
Kerbs, who had posted bail shortly after his arrest, was in trouble again in January when a bench warrant was issued for his arrest after it was revealed he was living in a household with children. One condition of his release agreement was that Kerbs could not have any contact with minor children, though he was allowed supervised parenting time with three minor children, including one child of whom Kerbs said he is the father.
But according to the attorney for the minors' father, Kerbs was not living at the street address on his release agreement, and was instead living with the children and their mother.
Kerbs was taken into custody of the Washington County Jail and was released on Jan. 23 after again paying $14,000, according to jail records.