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Officer Investigated In Skamania County Case

For alleged molestation

Bingen-White Salmon Police Department Officer Joshua Gines appeared in Skamania County Superior Court in Stevenson on Monday afternoon after being charged in a Skamania County case.

According to Chris Lanz, chief deputy prosecutor for Skamania County, the charges were alleged child molestation in the first degree and alleged incest in the second degree.

Gines, who lives in Carson, was detained on Friday following an investigation by the Skamania County Sheriff's Office.

Police Chief Bruce Brending said Officer Gines has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the case.

Gines has been employed with the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department since July 2006. He recently applied for a deputy's position with the Skamania County Sheriff's Office.

Brending issued a press release about the incident on Monday, which reads as follows: "On Friday, Jan. 22, the Skamania County Sheriff's Office notified me of an active criminal investigation involving Officer Joshua Gines. Due to this criminal investigation, Officer Gines has currently been placed on paid administrative leave ... He has worked for the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department since July 12, 2006. There is no history of problems with Officer Gines while working for the Police Department."

Gines was being held in the Skamania County Jail in Stevenson, with bail set at $50,000. Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28.

Superior Court Judge E. Thompson Reynolds presided at Monday's court session.

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