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Aloha man held on sex abuse and sodomy charges

Oregon State Police say suspect worked as a clown and school bus driver
by: Submitted photo William Mayo Dunlop

Oregon State Police, with the assistance of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Washington County District Attorney's Office, arrested an Aloha man Friday afternoon on sex abuse and sodomy charges following an investigation into alleged crimes that occurred in the late 1990s into the early 2000s involving a then-juvenile girl.

OSP is attempting to confirm if there were other possible victims involving the suspect.

Police arrested William Mayo Dunlop, 68, at his residence in the 17000 block of Southwest Pike Street on first-degree sex abuse and first-degree sodomy charges. Dunlop was lodged in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The victim, who is now 22, recently contacted the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, accusing Dunlop of sexually abusing her during the late 1990s into 2002. Columbia County deputies requested assistance by OSP detectives and the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

Dunlop has worked in the past as a school bus driver and in the clown entertaining business since the 1970s. Over the years, the clown entertaining business has been located in St. Helens, St. Johns and Beaverton areas.

"The alleged crimes for which Dunlop was arrested did not occur while working in any of these jobs," said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman.

OSP Det. Aaron Jackson is the lead investigator in this case and is investigating the possibility that there may have been other victims who had contact with Dunlop since the 1990s.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call Jackson at 503-731-3020, ext. 269.