Deputies: Ore. model charged with sex abuse of teen boys

Deputies: Ore. model charged with sex abuse of teen boys »Play Video
Anna Welsh

NEHALEM, Ore. - Detectives with the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office said they have arrested a 31-year-old woman for sex crimes involving under-age boys.

Anna R. Welsh, 31, had sexual contact with at least one boy and sent and requested "pornographic images" from victims according to deputies, who also said at least three boys 15 to 16 years old were involved.


 Anna R. Welsh

Welsh worked as a promotional model and has an entry on a modeling website, where she said she is 28 years old and from Manzanita.

Deputies said she is charged with two counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, one count of sodomy and three counts of sex abuse.

Welsh's father-in-law told KATU News on Friday that this has been an incredibly sad time for the family, including Welsh's three young children.

Neighbors said Welsh is an active member of the community.

Welsh is on the board of directors of New Discoveries Preschool, according to the Headlight Herald news website. An employee there said she resigned on Monday, just a few days before her arrest.

Neighbors said she also operates the IGA grocery store in Manzanita with her family.

"I felt personally hurt, like it was my own kid," said neighbor Randy Gardner, who saw her being arrested. 

KATU called Welsh's attorney and we have not yet heard back. As of Friday, she was being held in the Tillamook County Jail on $100,000 bail.