BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) - The co-owner of a Beaverton sex offender clinic damaged by arson on Saturday told KOIN 6 News she doesn't believe any of their clients is responsible for the fire.
“This was not one of our guys who did this,” Cori Jensen said. She would not comment, however, on why she thought the Center for Behavioral Intervention was targeted.
The counseling center at 4345 SW 109th Avenue is in a house, converted for use commercially. It serves about 120 sex offenders.
Jensen said probation officers will be checking in on each of the sex offenders regularly during the two weeks that they estimate the treatment facility will be closed for repairs.
Water and fire restoration crews were at the center on Monday.
A a passerby noticed smoke and called 911 Saturday morning. Firefighters responded and found the counseling center had been ransacked.
There is evidence at least one person broke into the rear of the house, and investigators said forensics work is underway. Jensen said that while the investigation is ongoing detectives do have suspects.
The fire was contained to the garage and investigators learned an accelerant was used to light files and furniture inside the building. Some cash was also taken.
“There are some high lever sex offenders that come for counseling,” said Sgt. David Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, but he was not sure if they had previously caused any trouble nearby or at the facility.
The counseling center serves repeat felony sex offenders and it’s near a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant and some schools.
Parents who spoke with KOIN 6 News said they don’t like the idea of a sex offender counseling center so close, but they said the children’s play center has a very good security system.
There is no estimate on the amount of damage it caused. No one was hurt.
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