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TriMet driver arrested on sexual abuse charges
Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Tuesday May 3, 2011 - 2:50 PM
 
A TriMet bus driver, 53-year-old Christopher Alden Parker, was arrested Tuesday accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl, according to police.

On Tuesday May 3, 2011, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Portland Police responded to a residence in Southeast Portland where they contacted the victim of a sexual assault. Officers arrived and contacted the victim, a 48-year-old female, who reported that she woke up to find a stranger in her house and that the stranger then sexually assaulted her. After the suspect fled the residence, the victim went to a friend's residence to call 9-1-1.

Police say that TriMet is cooperating with their investigation but they have declined to comment.

Trimet put Parker on administrative leave in March as it investigated a report that Parker was allowing friends and family ride the bus without a destination and driving off-route. During that investigation, TriMet asked police to check if Parker was doing anything illegal.

When Parker's wife was asked about the charges she reportedly stated, "It's a lie, I know him. It's not true," she said. "He didn't do it. I don't care what anybody says, I know my husband. He's innocent. He didn't do it; he's been framed. I know he didn't do it. I should know."

Parker was taken to the Multnomah County Jail and is expected to be arraigned on today.

Photo: Christopher Alden Parker

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