PORTLAND — A former Kmart manager in Beaverton, Ore., was arrested on suspicion that he solicited and received photos of underage girls.
Joseph Quijada, 33, was arrested Sunday on charges of encouraging child sex abuse in the second degree and luring a minor. He was held at the Washington County Jail, according to Beaverton Police.
Quijada is accused of asking an employee at his Kmart store for “intimate” photos. Police say he used his company credit card to rent a local hotel room so they could meet up.
Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings, sent The Oregonian/OregonLive a statement about the allegations Tuesday.
“The safety of our Kmart associates is a top priority,” he said. “Kmart condemns the behavior alleged in these charges. Kmart took immediate action to ensure the person accused will not return to the store and is cooperating fully with the police investigation. Kmart is providing assistance and support to all associates at this location.”
Police think Quijada may have allegedly targeted other girls, and are asking for anyone with information to call 503-629-0111 and reference case number 17-3160349.