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St. Helens man arrested for attempted rape of high school student

Police say 20-year-old picked up girl from St. Helens High School and made sexual advances

Photo Credit: PDX MUGSHOTS - Michael Jauron

A 20-year-old St. Helens man was arrested Friday, Jan. 30 for attempted rape, assault and kidnapping, after he picked up a 15-year-old girl from St. Helens High School and took her to a remote area.

According to St. Helens Police Department, Michael Jauron picked the girl up from school Thursday afternoon, Jan. 29 and was supposed to give her a ride home. Instead, he drove her to a rural area outside city limits and told her he wanted to have sex with her.

Jauron knew the girl and had been pursuing a relationship with her, according to police.

"She resisted his advances and tried to get away from him," Terry Moss, St. Helens Police Chief, stated Friday. "She struggled with Mr. Jauron and was finally able to convince him to stop and take her home."

The girl reported the incident to police as soon as she got home, Moss said. She sustained minor injuries.

Jauron was arrested after an interview at the Columbia County Jail, Moss said. Jauron was released after posting 10 percent of his $90,000 bail.

"While Mr. Jauron's behavior is very disturbing, we do not have information to suggest that he is a risk to the community at

large," Moss said. "He is well known to the victim and her family."

Jauron's Facebook page indicates he is a 2013 graduate of St. Helens High School.