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Oregon State Park Ranger faces sex abuse charges

Oregon State Park Ranger faces sex abuse charges

JASPER, Ore. - A season park ranger faces accusations he sexually abused a girl Saturday at Jasper State Recreation Site, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

The suspect also faces accusations he exposed himself to two girls at DexterLake on June 23, according to the sheriff's office.

The investigation started July 14 with a report that a "adult male allegedly had inappropriate contact with a juvenile female while she was at a local park with her family and a large group," the sheriff's office said. "Initial reports indicated the man was wearing an Oregon State Park Ranger uniform."

Deputies identified 32-year-old David Paul Buchanan as a suspect. Investigators arrested the seasonal park ranger assistant with Oregon State Parks on a charge of Sex Abuse in the First Degree, the sheriff's office said.

Investigators later determined Buchanan matched "the description of a suspect who allegedly exposed himself to two juvenile females at Dexter Lake on June 23, 2018."

"The Sheriff’s Office is concerned there may be additional victims or witnesses and is asking anyone who has additional information about the above-listed events, or any additional events involving Buchanan, to contact Detective Greg Jones at 541-682-2342."

State parks has placed Buchanan on unpaid administrative leave during the investigation, the sheriff's office said.

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