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Bench Warrant Issued for Oregon Officer Charged With Child Sex Abuse

Oregon – A Woodburn police officer accused of sex abuse and online corruption of a child was issued a bench warrant for violating his release agreement by living with minor children.

Officer Daniel Kerbs, 29, who faces 13 felony charges of sex abuse, sodomy and online corruption of a child, was arrested in July 2017 and was granted a security release soon after when he posted the required $14,000 (10 percent of the $140,000 security) for bail.

One condition of that agreement was that Kerbs not have any contact with minor children.

In August 2017, a Washington County judge allowed Kerbs supervised parenting time in Washington state.

The judge amended the security release agreement to allow Kerbs to visit three minor children, including one child of whom Kerbs said he is the father.

But according to court records, Kerbs has been accused of lying about his paternity and of not living at the Salem address named in his security agreement — instead, he’s accused of living with the children and their mother.

An attorney representing the father of the children wrote to the Oregon Justice Department to say that Kerbs “falsely represented that the children were living in Washington” and lied when he said the primary caregivers are the children’s maternal grandparents. Instead, the father claims that he and his ex-wife, the children’s mother, have joint custody of the children.

According to court records, the father testified in court on Dec. 20 that Kerbs was not living at the street address on his release agreement.

“The children have also made multiple comments regarding Mr. Kerbs’ continued presence at the home to include spending the night and sharing the bed,” wrote the father’s attorney in an email to the Oregon Judicial Department.

“To the extent that we know next to nothing about Mr. Kerbs’ criminal behavior, we don’t know the extent to which the children may be at risk of abuse.”

On Jan. 23, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Danielle J. Hunsaker signed a bench warrant, which ordered Kerbs to appear in court on Jan. 26 for a status check hearing.

Kerbs was taken into custody of the Washington County Jail and was released on Jan. 23 after again paying $14,000, according to jail records.

He was arraigned on the violation of his release agreement on Jan. 26.

His next scheduled court date is a final resolution conference on March 16.

Kerbs faces six charges of third-degree sodomy, six charges of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.

Kerbs was arrested in July 2017 following a three-week-long sex abuse investigation by the Tigard Police Department.

He’s been accused of committing the crimes between September 2013 and November 2014 against a victim who was under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged crimes.

Kerbs had been acquainted with the victim’s family, according to the Tigard Police Department.

Kerbs was hired as a Woodburn police officer in January 2015.

Following his indictment, Kerbs was placed on unpaid administrative leave in August 2017.