Alyssa Sutton

A La Grande man will stand trial starting on Tuesday on six counts of sex abuse.

Michael Jacob Altherr-Miller, 33, was arrested without incident at the Union County Jail, where he had come on unrelated business in August 2017.

Altherr-Miller is charged with three counts of first-degree sex abuse, a Class B felony, and three counts of third-degree sex abuse, a Class A misdemeanor.

At the time of his arrest Altherr-Miller posted bail, which was set at $150,000.

Police said he was the subject of an investigation that began in January based on a tip regarding potential abuse.

“Information came to us, allegedly, that somebody was being abused. We started our case on Jan. 20, so (the investigation took) about eight weeks,” Reddington told The Observer in August. “These cases, because you are trying to coordinate people in other jurisdictions to interview, they often take time. In fact, two months really isn’t a long time in cases like this.”

Reddington, who has since retired from the police department, said officers received a warrant for Altherr-Miller’s arrest on March 15, 2017 and was then arrested when he went to the Union County jail in August.

“He actually came in on his own, just by coincidence,” Reddington told The Observer in a previous interview. “He had been at a partnering agency and had been trying to gain access to something and they told him, ‘You need to go up to the La Grande Police Department’ and talk to them.”

See complete story in Monday's Observer

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