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Cascade School Groundskeeper Accused in Child Sex Abuse Case


A Cascade School District groundskeeper is facing charges of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse involving two minor girls he knew.

Jim Carl Schifferer, 52, was arrested Jan. 19 after the alleged victims reported the abuse, according to a probable-cause statement. A probable-cause statement is a document that provides legal ground for an arrest and to hold a person in custody until an initial court appearance.

Schifferer is accused of sexually abusing the two minor girls in repeated incidents between 1995 and 2004. He has been indicted on charges of rape, four counts of sodomy, and two counts each of sexual abuse and using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct. Schifferer was hired in March 2005, according to Cascade School District Superintendent.

He worked at all schools, but spent most of his time at the high school in Turner.

“Because of his position, working near children, it’s definitely an investigation that is ongoing,” said D.A. Jodie Bureta.