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Sheriff’s corporal accused of sexually abusing co-worker

December 15, 2017

This undated photo provided by the Washington County Sheriff's office shows Kevin Kearns, who was arrested Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, after another employee last week reported ongoing sexual harassment by Kearns while both were working in the jail. (Washington County Sheriff's Office via AP)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A Washington County sheriff’s corporal has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct against a co-worker.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Kevin Kearns was arrested Thursday after another employee last week reported ongoing sexual harassment by Kearns while both were working in the jail.

Kearns was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to appear in court later this month.

Kearns is accused of making sexual comments to the victim, which allegedly escalated to unwanted touching.

Kearns has been placed on leave while investigations continue.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Kearns had a lawyer.

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