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Teachers aide charged with sexual assault

Rafael Abinacer of Hillsboro is in Washington County Jail


Washington County detectives are searching for additional sex abuse victims following the arrest of a Hillsboro man for sexual assault last week.

Detectives fear there may be additional victims that have not come forth, said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO).

Rafael Abinacer, 41, is alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with a girl less than 14 years of age. This allegedly occurred with a known victim in Abinacer's Hillsboro residence. It was reported he sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions over an extended period of time.

Child abuse detectives with WCSO began assisting with the investigation June 27. Less than 12 hours after the crimes were reported, the Washington County Criminal Apprehension Team located and arrested Abinacer outside his residence without incident.

According to WCSO detectives, Abinacer was a substitute instructional aide contracted with the Hillsboro School District. He primarily assisted with special education classes at Lincoln Elementary School and occasionally assisted in more than 10 other schools. He had been employed with the school district since March 2013.

Abinacer, who is lodged in the Washington County Jail, was charged with first degree sex abuse, first degree sodomy and second degree sodomy, and is being held on $250,000 bail. More charges could be filed as the investigation continues, Ray said.

Washington County Violent Crime Detectives believe there may be additional victims of unreported crimes committed by Abinacer. Detectives are seeking the public's help in this case, and are asking anyone with any information to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500.



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