SALEM -- A 35-year-old Salem woman was arrested Sunday on accusations of rape and sex abuse of an 11-year-old boy, according to Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesman Don Thomson.

Deputy Bill Ovchinnikov arrested Sarah Beth Hopkins following an interview with her Sunday afternoon.

On Monday, Hopkins' bail was set at $1 million for 20 charges, including rape.

The mother of the now-12-year-old victim called the sheriff's office early Sunday after her son told her he had been sexually active for the past eight months with Hopkins. The mother then confronted Hopkins who admitted the abuse, Thomson said.

The mother and her son lived in the same apartment complex as Hopkins until about two weeks ago. Now police said they fear there could also be more victims.

We re kind of asking anyone with a male child who may have had contact with Mrs. Hopkins, befriended by her, lived near her or whatever, we d like them to sit down with their son and talk. Make sure everything s okay, explained Don Thompson with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Neighbor Stephanie Rendon said it was difficult to believe the abuse could have happened at her apartment complex.

There's a lot of kids here, so it's shocking to hear, said Rendon. It's just really devastating.

When questioned by the deputy, Hopkins admitted that she and the victim had been sexually active, Thomson said. She said she hadn't threatened the victim or given him anything in return for sex, he added.

Anyone with information that may help investigators was asked to call (503) 588-5094 or email the investigative deputy at

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