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Tualatin man arrested on child sex abuse charges

Charles William Garner.Police said they arrested a 55-year-old Tualatin man for multiple child-related crimes on Friday.

Charles William Garner faces charges of rape and sodomy in the third degree, as well as sexual abuse and encouraging child sex abuse in the second degree and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. Tualatin police said they suspect there may be additional victims who have yet to come forward.

Tualatin police arrested Garner Friday in conjunction with the Washington County Sheriff's Office. He was booked into the Washington County Jail, with security set at $85,000.

Garner was arraigned before Judge Suzanne M. Upton on Monday afternoon. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

Garner was described by police Monday as “a popular square dance caller” in both Washington and Marion counties.

Anyone who has had contact with Garner and has information to report can contact investigators at 503-691-4842.

Court records indicate Garner has a number of prior convictions, including in 1995, when he pleaded guilty to counts of first-degree kidnapping and sexual abuse.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with information on the suspect's arraignment, as well as his criminal record.