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Former school volunteer faces additional sex abuse accusations

A former Firwood Elementary School volunteer accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old faces new accusations for the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage relative.

Sandy police arrested Kenneth Arnold Cartlidge the afternoon of Sept. 18, 2011, and he has been lodged in the Clackamas County Jail since, facing of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

Cartlidge faces an additional 15 counts of second-degree sexual abuse after his teen relative reported to Sandy Police last week he had sexually abused her.

Cartlidge's bail increased to $350,000. His original trial, set for last week, was dismissed Wednesday when the new charges were filed. The Clackamas County District Attorney's office said the new trial date is set for March 1.

In an earlier interview, Julia Monteith, spokesperson for the Oregon Trail School District, said Cartlidge, 43, was not a volunteer this school year.

To volunteer in the Oregon Trail School District, Cartlidge passed a criminal background check before the 2009-10 school year. He continued volunteering through spring 2011.

The district, Monteith said, has strict administrative regulations for its volunteers, including an application, background check and fingerprint check.

If convicted, Cartlidge faces a minimum jail time of six years and three months under Measure 11.