While the case is far from over and additional victims have been identified and contacted or being sought, Bonners Ferry Assistant Police Chief Marty Ryan assures the Boundary County community that the danger to children allegedly imposed by Bill Blumenauer has ended in hopes of calming widespread fears and to quell the raft of speculation and rumor swirling since news of his arrest broke Thursday.
Blumenauer, 46, was charged with four felony counts of lewd conduct with a minor under 16 January 12 and he is being held in the Boundary County Jail, bond set at $1-million. If convicted, he faces life up to life in prison on each count.
“There will be many more counts added as this investigation unfolds,” Ryan said, “but we are confident that we have identified all the victims even though we have yet to locate some of them. We are confident that there are no further victims of his in our schools, in the Scout units he was involved with or in the fifth and sixth grade football program he coached. This is a terrible situation that goes back a long time, but we want the community to know it is now safe from Mr. Blumenauer.”
Ryan does encourage parents whose children may have had contact with Blumenauer, through the youth programs he was involved with, at his church or through his work as a radiology tech at Boundary Community Hospital, to take time to talk with them, and for parents who are concerned or children who are scared to contact him.
“Be open and honest with your kids and really listen to what they tell you and don’t try to minimize their fear,” Ryan said. “As bad as it is, use this situation. Learn what you can about sexual predators who go after kids, learn what to look for and teach your kids how to tell what adult behavior is inappropriate. Most of all, show them you will listen if they come to you. If your kids are scared or if you have concerns, by all means, call me.”
Ryan can be reached at (208) 267-2412. Multiple resource to help parents are available on the internet, including the Centers for Disease Control’s Preventing Child Sexual Abuse website.