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ST. HELENS, Ore. — A young girl provided a tip to police that led to the arrest of a St. Helens man for first-degree sexual abuse.

Anthony W. Dewey, 56, was arrested last week and indicted by a grand jury Thursday. The investigation continues and police say more charges are expected. There may be more victims, said Chief Terry Moss.

The girl, now 11, told investigators that she was six and living in Longview, Wash., when Dewey allegedly touched her inappropriately.

Police went to Dewey’s business on Aug. 4 to interview him. He refused to come to the door and police returned with a search warrant, Moss said.

Dewey was arrested after investigators went into the building. They found photos and videos of criminal sexual abuse, he said, along with “numerous pieces of underwear, swimsuits, and costumes that would belong to unidentified girls from five to twelve years old.”

Dewey remains in custody at the Columbia County jail on $170,000 bail.

Anyone with information should contact Officer Dustin King by email or at (503) 397-3333 extension 254.

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Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York