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Gresham police arrested couple for sexual abuse of babysitter

Abuse may be on video


A Gresham couple was arrested for sexually abusing their 16-year-old female babysitter, according to the Gresham Police Department.

The couple was identified as Troy Cawvey, 25, and Amber Whitford, 27, both of Gresham. Cawvey and Whitford were taken into custody Oct. 2. Cawvey faces 10 counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, five counts each of second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. Whitford faces six counts each of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, second-degree sexual abuse and three counts of sexual misconduct.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF - Troy Cawvey and Amber WhitfordThe victim's mother contacted the Gresham Police Sept. 29 and stated that her child has been babysitting for an adult couple for the past several months and her daughter disclosed that she had sexual intercourse with them on numerous occasions. The victim then told police that during the past several months, the couple provided her with alcohol and had sexual intercourse and sexual contact with her in their Gresham home.

Police said the 16-year-old victim and Cawvey have known each other for a long time. In July the girl was approached asked if she would babysit for Cawvey and Whitford, police said.

Starting in July, police said once the children were put to bed, Cawvey and Whitford would bring out alcohol and start to make out.

The victim said that the sexual abuse occurred every weekend, sometimes multiple times in a day, between July and September 29, police said.

Police said they learned that there may have been photographs and videos of the sexual abuse. Detectives are in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the technology that they believe was used to record the images.

At this time there are no known outstanding victims and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Aaron Turnage at 503-618-3136.

KOIN TV News contributed to this report.

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