Sex-abuse probe results in Milton-Freewater man's arrest

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- A city man has been arrested on investigation of first-degree sex abuse.

William Allen Kosten Sr., 70, of 404 N.E. Fifth St., No. 15, was lodged in Umatilla County Jail on Thursday after authorities completed after a six-day investigation.

According to the arrest report, Kosten is accused of molesting a 4-year-old girl in the city.

Once a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania, Kosten failed to register in Oregon when he moved to Milton-Freewater, according to a press release issued by Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer. Kosten was known to the victim and her family.

Officers developed the case in conjunction with Oregon State Police. Bail has been set at $200,000.

The charge is a Measure 11 offense in Oregon which, upon conviction, carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of six years, three months.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.

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