Milton-Freewater man arrested in sex crimes

Edward Wayne Yeoman is accused of abusing multiple victims over the last year.

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- An 18-year-old city man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexually abusing multiple youths in the last year, authorities said.

Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Detective Rhiana Sheridan said her agency arrested Edward Wayne Yeoman on eight counts of first-degree sexual abuse; five counts of first-degree sodomy; and first-degree sexual penetration. Yeoman was booked into Umatilla County Jail on Tuesday.

Sheridan said Yeoman is accused of sexually abusing multiple victims, all under the age of 12, over the last year. Although Yeoman was a minor when the alleged abuse took place, he is being charged as an adult.

Sheridan said while Yeoman lives within Milton-Freewater, the abuse was reported as occurring in the county limits. The victims were apparently known to Yeoman.

The Milton-Freewater Police Department assisted the Sheriff's Office with the initial investigation, Sheridan said. She added that Yeoman is cooperating with authorities.

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