This weeks child molestation by cop
Former Vernonia police officer arrested on child luring charges
By FOX 12 Staff
VERNONIA, OR (KPTV) -
A 62-year-old former police officer in Vernonia is accused of sending a sexually explicit message to a 13-year-old girl.
Gene Baska was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of luring a minor and attempt to commit sex abuse.
According to investigators, Baska sent a "sexually explicit message transmitted digitally" to the girl.
Deputies obtained a search warrant Wednesday for his home on Keasey Road and seized electronic equipment related to the ongoing investigation. The warrant was for digital images, videos, photos, audio recordings, text messages and call records.
According to the Vernonia Police Department, Baska served on the force full-time starting in 1990 and did volunteer work prior to that. He retired from the department in 2003.
He bailed out of jail Wednesday night with a no-contact order for the 13-year-old girl and her family.
Deputies said there could be more victims. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-366-4698.