Oregon man accused of sexually abusing runaway teenage girls

Joseph Myers. (Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office via the Keizer Police Department)

KEIZER, Ore. - A 20-year-old man faces dozens of charges of rape, sex abuse and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor after police say he gave marijuana and a place to stay to runaway teenage girls.

The Keizer Police Department booked Joseph Myers into the Marion County Jail on Wednesday, where he is being held on more than a half million dollars bail.

Police said they investigated allegations of sexual offenses by Myers involving girls ages 14 and 15.

"Several female juveniles were interviewed and three of them disclosed having an intimate relationship with Mr. Myers, who reportedly supplied them with marijuana and a place to stay at his residence on Gary Street NE in Keizer," police said. "Detectives have reasons to believe this conduct by Mr. Myers has been taking place for the past several years and there may be more victims."

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call (503) 856-3514.

Officers booked Myers into the jail on the following charges:

24 counts of Rape in the Third Degree

15 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree

2 counts of Sodomy in the Third Degree

15 counts of Delivery of Marijuana to a Minor

24 counts of Contributing to Sexual Delinquency of a Minor

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