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Man Suspected of Sexually Abusing Boys

Avery SimpsonASHLAND, Ore. — A man living in Ashland is suspected of sexually abusing two boys.

Ashland Police say early September, 19-year-old Avery Simpson abused two boys, ages 5 and 6 the first time he babysat them. Officers say the two children came forward to their parents about it. Simpson was a mutual family friend.

“We know people who engage in this activity all too frequently do it long term, do it as many times as they can and get away with it. So, while we don’t have any reason to believe there’s any more victims out there, we do want the public to know about the situation,” said Sgt. Tighe O’Meara.

Police say Simpson is from Indiana and also admitted to abusing a child in that state. The Ashland Police Department is working with investigators in Indiana as well.