By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

Former detention employee cited with sex abuse

Molina, of 1780 SE Queenborough St., turned himself in after being informed a warrant had been issued for his arrest. He was arraigned on one count each of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, a Class A felony; attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, a Class B felony; and second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, a Class C felony.

On conviction, the first count carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and 10 months under Measure 11.

Molina was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on $50,000 bail. He was released Friday after posting the required 10 percent.

The indictment alleges that between May 1, 2010, and June 1, 2012, he induced a teen-age girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct for others to observe, either in person or through photographs or video. He has retained Ted Coran of Salem to represent him.

Molina started working in juvenile corrections in an on-call relief capacity in March 2007. He worked his way into a full-time position in May 2011.

He resigned Feb. 20, according to the county Human Resources Office.

“Mr. Molina is no longer employed with Yamhill County,” confirmed Deputy County Administrator Chuck Vesper. “As far as I know, there is no indication that Mr. Molina did anything criminal while on the job in Juvenile Corrections. I cannot comment further on Mr. Molina’s charges, his current status or the progress of the case.”

Molina is due back in court at 3 p.m. Monday, July 29.

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