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Beaverton couple accused of sexually abusing two young girls

Washington County sheriff's deputies arrested a Beaverton couple for alleged sexual abuse against two young girls they were babysitting, and investigators say there could be additional victims.

William Paul Gaskin, 40, and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Desiree Chapman, were arrested on several sex abuse allegations, said sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. David Thompson.

Investigators say Gaskin sexually abused a 3-year-old girl, and later abused a 5-year-old girl while he and Chapman were babysitting, Thompson said.

In April, Washington County sheriff's detectives arrested Gaskin for reportedly abusing the 3-year-old girl in her home. Investigators said a roommate of the child's parents walked in on him while he was abusing the child and told the child's mother, who called police.

Gaskin was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of first-degree sodomy and two counts of sex abuse.

While he was in jail, the Beaverton Police Department learned Gaskin might have abused his former roommate's 5-year-old daughter.

Police received the report on Aug. 18 and turned the investigation over to sheriff's detectives.

Thompson said Gaskin and Chapman lived with the man and his daughter and would babysit the 5-year-old while her father was at work. Investigators say Gaskin sexually abused the girl while Chapman was present.

On Aug. 30, sheriff's detectives searched Gaskin's apartment and found evidence he abused the 5-year-old girl.

On Sept. 15, Gaskin was charged with two counts of rape, four counts of sodomy, two counts of unlawful sexual penetration and one count of using a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct.

Chapman was arrest Sept. 16 and charged with two counts of rape, one count of sodomy, two counts of criminal mistreatment and one count of using a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct.

Many of the charges are Measure 11 offenses and carry minimum sentences. Because the children were younger than 12, the couple could face a minimum of 25 years in prison under Jessica's Law, Thompson said.

Sheriff's detectives believe the couple babysat many children in the past and are concerned there may be additional victims, he added.

Detectives are asking anyone whose children have been alone with Gaskin or Chapman to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2596.