Woodburn police arrested the president and chief executive officer of Silverton Health Thursday for allegedly masturbating inside his car in the parking lot of the Woodburn Bi-Mart.
Rick Cagen, 64, was charged with one count of public indecency, a class A misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $6,250 fine.
He was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility in Salem.
According to Jason Horton, a spokesman for the city of Woodburn, police received a call at approximately 9:30 a.m. May 14 from a witness who reported seeing a man masturbating in his car at the Bi-Mart located at 1550 Mount Hood Ave.
Horton said the witness confronted the man and told him he was calling the police. The suspect drove away after the confrontation, but Horton said the witness provided police a license plate number and description of the vehicle.
Horton said police located the vehicle and identified it as being owned by Cagen. Investigators questioned Cagen about the incident in the parkting lot outside the Woodburn Health Center, where he has an office, and took him into custody.
The Woodburn hospital is located at 1475 Mount Hood Ave, across the street from the Bi-Mart.
Horton would not elaborate on what Cagen said during the interview. However, he did say Cagen has no criminal history or record of previous incidents with Woodburn police.
Reached Thursday afternoon, Silverton Health Marketing Communications Director Rita Kester declined to comment on the matter.
"We don't have any information," she said.
Cagen started at Silverton Health in 2010, after a long career in health care administration. He announced his retirement earlier this year, which was to be effective July 1.
Cagen's bail was initially set at $5,000, according to online jail records. His first court appearance was scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345.