PORTLAND, Ore. – A Washington County Sheriff’s Office employee has been arrested for sexual abuse after he allegedly sexually touched a coworker on several occasions while on duty.

Kevin Kearns, 45, is a corporal assigned to the jail division.

A fellow employee reported ongoing sexual harassment by Kearns on Dec. 6, and he was placed on administrative leave.

Detectives said Kearns’ behavior began with sexual comments toward the victim and escalated into unwanted sexual touching.

Kearns was arrested Thursday and booked into the Washington County Jail. He faces charges of third-degree sex abuse and harassment.

The sheriff’s office will conduct an internal investigation.