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Forest Grove man, 61, arrested after paying 11 year old for sexual contact

A woman reports sex abuse after seeing young girl molested in Rogers Park

Forest Grove Police arrested Serafin V. Bernabe, 61, on June 16, on sex abuse charges after a woman told police she saw him molesting an 11-year-old girl in Forest Grove's Rogers Park.

According to police, Bernabe, a Forest Grove resident, met up with the 11-year-old at Safeway, then the pair rode their bikes to nearby Rogers Park where Bernabe offered to pay the girl for sexual contact.

Police say a woman lunching in the park with her daughter saw the abuse and called Washington County dispatch.

Police found Bernabe, a friend of the girl's family, and the 11-year-old, riding their bikes a few blocks from the park.

Bernabe was arrested and charged with sex abuse, then lodged in Washington County Jail.