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Vancouver man, 65, out on bail when arrested on further child molestation charges

Daniel B. Gray was first investigated in 2022

By Chrissy Booker, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 24, 2024, 2:44pm

A Vancouver man was arrested Tuesday on child rape and molestation charges, the Vancouver Police Department said Wednesday in a news release.

Daniel B. Gray, 65, was initially arrested in April after a federal arrest warrant was issued and the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force and the Digital Evidence Crime Unit located him in Portland. Gray was out of custody on bail when he was arrested again Tuesday on new charges, Vancouver police said.

In total, Gray is facing two counts of first-degree rape of child, two counts of first-degree child molestation, one count of dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit content; three counts of first-degree possession of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count of second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the news release states. Currently, he is in the Clark County Jail awaiting trial.

Upon his arrest, detectives located dozens of digital devices, multiple cameras and reams of amateurish sexual drawings of children, according to Vancouver police. Gray’s digital devices are still under forensic examination.

The Vancouver Police Department began investigating Gray in May 2022 after a series of reports from Gray’s family members and friends alleged he had been sexually abusing young girls and photographing his victims, according to the news release.

Detectives believed the reports were credible, but the statute of limitations to charge Gray had passed. Investigators began seeking more information from Gray’s circle of family members and associates, the police department said.

Through a series of interviews, detectives identified a series of young girls who had been in contact with Gray. A follow-up investigation found probable cause to arrest Gray on suspicion of two counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of first-degree rape of a child, according to the news release.

Anyone with information regarding Gray should contact Detective James Dewey at james.dewey@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7446.