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Local man charged with abusing underage girl

November 1, 2016 GMT

A Klamath Falls man has been charged with molesting an underage victim and drug possession following his arrest Friday night.

David Brian Carlson, 47, is accused of abusing a female victim between 2010 and 2013 when the victim was younger than 13 years old.

Carlson was indicted for sex abuse Oct. 13 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. When contacted Friday at Crest Park, Carlson was found in possession of a white substance he allegedly admitted was methamphetamine.

He appeared in court Monday on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and possession of methamphetamine. Attorney Stephen Hendlund was appointed to represent Carlson and his next court date is scheduled for Nov. 7 before Judge Andrea Janney.

If found guilty, Carlson faces between 75 months and 15 years in prison. He was ordered held on $57,500 bail.

Man allegedly assaults cops

A Klamath Falls man is in jail after allegedly attacking multiple officers following a domestic violence call Sunday night.

Robert William Cox, 50, was arrested after the Klamath Falls Police Department responded to reports of a domestic assault at Cox’s residence on the 200 block of South Eleventh Street, in Klamath Falls.

Cox allegedly pushed his girlfriend on Saturday and Sunday resulting in no substantial pain or injury but causing scratches and a bloody nose. When contacted Sunday, Cox was “intoxicated and uncooperative” and was taken into custody.

While in handcuffs, Cox allegedly kicked three of the arresting officers as well as a deputy at the Klamath County Jail. No serious injuries were reported as a result of these assaults.

Cox was scheduled to appeared Monday on charges of assaulting a public safety officer, attempted assault of a public safety officer, resisting arrest and harassment but he refused to attend. Judge Marci Adkisson scheduled Cox for another hear Tuesday where, if he attends, an attorney will be appointed and release conditions will be considered.

As of Monday, Cox remained in the Klamath County Jail on $53,000 bail.

Probation in sex abuse case

A Klamath Falls man has received three years of probation after pleading guilty last week to forcing sexual contact on a minor.

Aaron Tracy Salata, 23, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree sexual abuse and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 36 months of probation. Charges of third-degree sexual abuse and additional counts of second-degree sexual abuse were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Prior to the plea Salata was scheduled for trial Aug. 24 and faced up to 15 years in prison.

He was arrested last year for the abuse of a female victim between January and February of 2015 when the victim was younger than 18 years old. Charging documents alleged the victim was subjected to “deviate sexual intercourse” and genital contact.

Under the terms of his probation, Salata is allow to have no contact with minors, must register as a sex offender and must undergo sex offender treatment. He may also consume no intoxicants, must conduct 160 hours of community service and must pay for any counseling costs incurred by the victim.