As of Tuesday, March 20, 2018
DALLAS — Quinlyn Reed Harden of Independence was arraigned Monday in Polk County Circuit Court on three counts of first-degree sex abuse involving a girl younger than 14 years old.
Harden, who was arrested on Friday by Independence Police, was in custody at the Polk County Jail during the afternoon hearing.
He’ll be in court next on Thursday at 1:15 p.m.
According to the mother of the victim, the charges stem from incidents that occurred while the girl was in care at Stinky Feet Childcare in Independence. The business is owned by Ceola Harden.
According to Independence Police, the child care center is not under criminal investigation and is closed.
More allegations are under investigation, said Sgt. Tino Banuelos.
Charges filed with the court say the alleged crimes occurred from January 2009 to Dec. 31, 2017, and involved inappropriate touching.
The Polk County District Attorney’s office filed a motion to seal the probable cause affidavit — the report filed by police explaining the reasons behind the arrest and charges — over confidentiality of the victim in the case.
“The probable cause affidavit contains information regarding a report of child abuse, which is therefore subject to confidentiality provisions of ORS (Oregon revised statute) 419B.035,” the motion read.
The motion claims reports of sex offenses are also subject to confidentiality under ORS 135.873.
“The probable cause affidavit contains personal identifiers of the alleged victim, who was a minor child at the time of the alleged offense,” the motion read.
The motion was filed Monday by Chief Deputy District Attorney Jayme Kimberly.
District Attorney Aaron Felton said the motion is to protect the victim and the investigation.
“The probable cause statement contained several pieces of identifying information about the victim that we felt (and the court agreed) should not be available for general circulation,” Felton said. “To protect the victim’s privacy and the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we elected to seek the order to the probable cause statement.”
Polk County Circuit Court Judge Monte Campbell assigned Matt Jarvis as Harden’s defense counsel on Monday. Jarvis asked that Harden’s bail be reduced from $200,000 to $50,000 saying that is the statutory amount for a Measure 11 crime.
“Otherwise I’d ask the district attorney to show why this isn’t unconstitutional,” he said.
Campbell declined the request but told Jarvis he can file a motion on the issue of bail.
Harden remained in custody Tuesday morning.