An Estacada-area resident is in custody for allegedly sexually abusing children he invited to work on his property.
Thomas Lee Bryan, 63, was arrested Thursday, July 20, on multiple charges of sexual crimes against children.
Bryan was arrested on U.S. Forest Service Land in the Mount Hood National Forest near Ripplebrook by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Team investigators, with assistance from U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations.
Bryan was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on three charges each of of first-degree sexual abuse and using a child in a sexual display and two charges of luring a minor. He is being held on a $250,000 bail.
Police allege Bryan lured children to work on his remote property in the 26500 block of South Hillockburn Road near the unincorporated community of Dodge and, on at least two known occasions, sexually abused them.
He was arrested in Clackamas County on similar charges in 2002, facing more than 20 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and other related charges.
He ultimately pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual abuse and one of sodomy and was sentenced to six years, three months in prison. He registered as a sex offender in 2003.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are urging anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Thomas Lee Bryan to contact the sheriff’s office tip line by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online form. Please reference case number 23-013896.
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