BEND, OR -- A 27-year-old Bend man was arrested last week for allegedly initiating a relationship with an underage girl.
According to police, Keegan Palmer knew the victim and her family. Investigators say he used messaging sites and online forums, as well as in-person meetings to perpetuate the sexual abuse.
The inappropriate relationship allegedly began last year when the victim was 14. He was taken into custody Thursday without incident . Palmer faces a number of charges, including Encouraging Child Sex Abuse, Luring a Minor and Rape.
Bend Police reminds parents to be vigilant in checking their children's computers, cell phones, social media and messaging apps to help prevent kids from becoming victims.