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A contract worker for Cal Fire who mixed retardant for the firefighting aircraft at Columbia Air Attack Base was arrested at the base Monday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor by force, Tuolumne County sheriff’s personnel said in logs released Tuesday.

Eric Wayne Ray, 35, was also arrested on suspicion of continual sexual abuse of a child under age 14, sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child 10 years or younger, and lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age with force.

Details of the crimes Ray is accused of and the condition of his victim or victims were not disclosed. Ray’s bail was listed at $250,000 in sheriff’s logs released Tuesday. Ray remained locked up at Tuolumne County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, a sheriff’s employee at the jail said in a phone interview.

Ray had an address at 22466 S. Airport Road, Unit 60, near Columbia Air Attack Base. According to sheriff’s logs, law enforcement personnel tried to contact someone at Sonora Estates on South Airport Road at 12:28 p.m. Monday. Ray was arrested at Columbia Air Attack Base at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Asked what Ray’s connection is to Columbia Air Attack Base, the base battalion chief said Ray is not a Cal Fire employee or state employee. Ray works for Perimeter Solutions, the retardant contractor for Columbia Air Attack, the battalion chief said.

Perimeter Solutions is a Missouri-based international company with U.S. headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino County. Perimeter Solutions specializes in fire safety products and it produces trademarked retardants like PHOS-CHEK. An operator at the company’s Rancho Cucamonga offices said she would contact her corporate headquarters, and someone with Perimeter Solutions would be in touch.


Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.


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