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Elms owner arrested for sex abuse

Herbert 'Howard' SahnowForest Grove police arrested Herbert "Howard" Sahnow, 72, on multiple charges of sex abuse Monday.

Officers arrested Sahnow around 9:45 a.m. Feb. 22 in the 2000 block of Elm Street in Forest Grove on a secret indictment warrant. He also was charged with burglary.

Sahnow owns and operates The Elms, a retirement community in the 2000 block of Elm Street in Forest Grove.

His arrest caps a five-month investigation into his alleged actions while serving as the owner/operator of the retirement facility. The warrant was the result of a Washington County Grand Jury indictment on one count of first-degree sex abuse, three counts of second-degree sex abuse, 16 counts of third-degree sex abuse and seven counts of burglary.

Sahnow posted $58,000 bail and was released from the Washington County Jail around 5:30 p.m. the same day. Police re-arrested him at his home an hour later because he had violated his release agreement by returning to The Elms, where the alleged crimes took place, authorities said.

The Forest Grove Police Department is interested in speaking to anyone "who has had any alarming or coercive contact with Sahnow while he served in that capacity," said Capt. Mike Herb of the FGPD. Anyone with information about Sahnow is asked to call Forest Grove Police at 503-992-3260.