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Pacific University student fired from shelter job after allegedly having sex with 17-year-old boy


AdamsHillsboro Police have arrested a former homeless shelter employee after she allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old boy.

Danielle Adams, 28, was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 23, on charges of second-degree sex abuse and furnishing alcohol to a minor after she allegedly had sex in the shelter with an at-risk teen under her care.

According to the Hillsboro Police Department spokesman Lt. Mike Rouches, Adams was an employee at Safe Place, a Hillsboro homeless shelter that caters to homeless youth.

Adams worked a graveyard shift at the shelter. The shelter, located at 454 S.E. Washington St., in Hillsboro, serves teens between age 12 and 19 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The shelter is operated by Boys & Girls Aid, a Portland nonprofit, which did not respond to requests for comment by the Tribune's press deadline.

The victim, known as "K.L." in court documents, was reportedly with Adams the evening of Sept. 24. Rouches said Adams provided him with alcohol, then had sex with him in the shelter's kitchen and a bedroom.

Police began their investigation in in early October when the Department of Human Services received a complaint about the incident.

Adams, a student at Pacific University in Forest Grove, was fired after staff at the shelter learned about the incident, Rouches said.

Adams' arraignment is set for Dec. 5 in Washington County Circuit Court.

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