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Detectives Arrest Springfield Man on Sex Offenses Involving Juveniles; Additional Victims Possible
11/17/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Detectives believe there may be other victims related to a joint investigation by Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division (OSP CID) detectives and Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) that led to the arrest Saturday in Lane County of a 26-year old man on multiple sex offense allegations involving juvenile males. The suspect has worked for about 3 years at an area private treatment facility for emotionally disturbed children. He allegedly abused children who were placed into his home as foster children, after he met them at the private treatment facility.
 
On November 14, 2009, OSP CID detectives arrested JOSHUA THOMAS FRIAR, age 26, at his residence located in the 600 block of S. 41st Street in Springfield. Detectives served a search warrant and seized evidence at two Springfield residences where FRIAR lived the last three years, which are located at 636 S. 41st Place and 1883 17th Street. DHS removed 3 juvenile males, ages 7 – 16, which were currently living at the home and there is no evidence that they were victims of the charged crimes.
 
FRIAR was lodged in Lane County Jail on multiple sex-related charges with bail set at nearly $2 million.
 
OSP detectives and DHS started this investigation November 10th after a juvenile male disclosed allegation of sex abuse to a DHS caseworker involving FRIAR while previously living at his foster home. During the investigation, OSP detectives learned FRIAR has been employed as a direct care staff member for about 3 years at "Jasper Mountain", a private treatment facility in Lane County.
 
FRIAR had direct contact with the children at the facility and allegedly identified vulnerable juvenile males, whom he later requested to be placed in his home as foster children. The first known victim alleged he was sexually abused while living at FRIAR's foster home.
 
OSP detectives have identified a second juvenile male victim and believe there may be additional victims related to this ongoing investigation.
 
Information indicates FRIAR previously volunteered as a Big Brother / Big Sister and used to live in the southern Oregon coast region.
 
Anyone with information to help in this investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888.