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OSP Detectives Arrest St. Helens Man For Sex Crimes

Hinkle was a formerly employed as a Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy.

Former Columbia County deputy John Lawrence Hinkle
Former Columbia County deputy John Lawrence Hinkle

(Woodburn, Oregon) - Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives arrested a St. Helens man today on multiple sex crimes.

According to Detective Matt Beeson, allegations of sex abuse were made on Thursday May 5th. An investigation began and today at approximately 8:00 PM, an arrest was made in Woodburn.

John Lawrence Hinkle, age 47, was arrested and lodged in the Columbia County Jail on the following charges:

  • Rape I 10 counts
  • Sodomy I 5 counts
  • Sex Abuse I 25 counts
  • Incest 15 counts

Hinkle was a formerly employed as a Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy. OSP Criminal Investigations Division is working in cooperation with the Columbia County District Attorney's Office on this investigation. No other information will be released at this time. Anyone with information to assist in this case is asked to contact OSP Detective Matthew Beeson at (503) 325-5515 ext. 25.

News Release from: Oregon State Police

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Spring 2010 info May 7, 2011 2:17 pm (Pacific time)

From, April 12, 2010. "Police investigating sex abuse allegations against former deputy assigned to Rainier High School" By Helen Jung, The Oregonian April 12, 2010, 11:31AM " A former Columbia County sheriff's deputy who was assigned to Rainier High School is under investigation for alleged sex abuse of a former female high school student, according to the Oregon State Police. The former deputy, who is not named because there are no charges against him, resigned from the sheriff's office last week. He is in his mid-40s, and had worked for the sheriff's office since November 2006, said Columbia County sheriff Jeff Dickerson. He was initially assigned as the school resource officer for Rainier High and remained in that role until last June. The former deputy resigned on April 6 while under investigation internally for matters unrelated to the sex abuse allegations, Dickerson said. He said the department had looked into potential violations of six issues relating to truthfulness and fulfillment of required duties, Dickerson said. The internal investigation sustained all six, and the department forwarded the matter to the district attorney's office. The district attorney declined to bring charges against him, he said. The sheriff's office only recently learned of the sex abuse allegations against the former deputy, Dickerson said, and is cooperating with Oregon State Police. Police are aware of one possible victim at this point, Oregon State Police said. Lt. Gregg Hastings declined to comment further on the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact OSP Detective Matthew Beeson at (503) 325-5515 ext. 25. -- Helen Jung" THEN FROM THE SOUTH SOUNTY SPOTLIGHT: APRIL 2010 "rom South County Spotlight: As a school resource officer, Jack Hinkle was stationed at Rainier High to take calls in north Columbia County as well as work with students and ensure safety at the school, according to Rainier School District Superintendent Michael Carter. Carter said former Sheriff Phil Derby assigned Hinkle to the school, and said he was unaware of anything related to the allegation against Hinkle. There have been three school resources officers stationed at the school, in addition to Hinkle. Hinkle resigned from the Sheriff's Office on April 6, according to Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. Dickerson said his office only learned about the OSP investigation during the course of its own internal affairs process. He said his office is assisting OSP investigators. "We had no inklings that was on the horizon," Dickerson said. Before resigning, Hinkle worked on marine patrol for the Sheriff's Office. Dickerson said he is now working to fill that vacancy."

Douglas Benson May 7, 2011 5:58 am (Pacific time)

OMG,this guy is going to have tons of fun when he hits the gate.

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