Forest Grove man charged with paying girl for sex

Woman reports sex abuse to police after seeing young girl molested in Rogers Park

Forest Grove Police arrested Serafin V. Bernabe, 61, 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.