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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted June 27, 2013, 2:48 p.m.

Media and Interested Parties

Sheriff's Office arrests man, 52, on multiple sex-abuse charges; possible additional victims sought

Booking photo: Suspect Richard Vernon Smith

Please reference  Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #2013-11972

After a thorough investigation by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team, suspect Richard Vernon Smith -- age 52, of unincorporated Sandy -- was taken into custody on charges of Sex Abuse in the First Degree and Sodomy in the First Degree.

Deputies are looking for possible additional victims.

The investigation revealed that Richard Vernon Smith had allegedly sexually abused an 8-year-old boy not related to him while residing at the Big Foot Mobile Home Park in unincorporated Sandy.

Richard Smith has been indicted by a Clackamas County Grand Jury on several counts of sexual abuse and sodomy against two different child victims. Bail is set at $500,000.

Full Clackamas County Jail inmate details for Smith are here.


Detectives believe there may be more victims of abuse by Richard Smith, and are seeking tips from the public.

If you or someone you know has any information about suspicious or questionable activity involving Richard Smith, please contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip-Line -- - by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference  Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #2013-11972.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body. Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.

Please reference  Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #2013-11972


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