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The Milton-Freewater Police Department announced on Thursday that it had arrested and charged a Milton-Freewater man with sexual abuse of juveniles following the execution of a search warrant.  Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer said his department had been investigating the claims following allegations they had received concerning 59-year-old Cruz Gutierrez-Castillo.

Cruz Gutierrez-Castillo
Cruz Gutierrez-Castillo (Photo: Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office)

“On June 7, 2017, an adult reported to the Milton-Freewater Police Department that two juveniles known to the adult had been possibly sexually abused by Gutierrez-Castillo,” Chief Boedigheimer’s statement read.  “After an investigation by Milton-Freewater PD’s Detective, the case was submitted to the Umatilla District Attorney’s Office for review.”

According to the Chief, the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office presented the case to a Umatilla County Grand Jury.  The Grand Jury returned two true bill indictments for first degree sexual abuse against Gutierrez-Castillo. He was arrested on Wednesday, August 30th at his home on SE 3rd Street, according to police.  They also executed a search warrant on his home.  However, police did not provide details of what they obtained during that search.

Gutierrez-Castillo is currently detained in the Umatilla County Jail under a $1,000,000 bond.


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