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Eugene police say there could be more underage victims of a California man arrested in a local case, and they are seeking the public’s help in identifying them.

Dylan M. Ruhs, 26, of Petaluma, Calif., was arrested Thursday and booked into the Lane County Jail. He remained at the jail Saturday on seven felony charges of luring a minor; one felony charge of displaying a child in sexual conduct and two misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The charges are related to allegations that Ruhs induced a 17-year-old Eugene girl to engage in sexual conduct. The girl was 15 when Ruhs met her online, according to court records.

The legal age of consent in Oregon is 18.

The Eugene Police Department said in a press release Saturday that it is possible that Ruhs met other underage victims online who are in California, dating back to 2012. The department noted that the victims might be living in Napa, Petaluma, Fairfield, Clayton, and Solano County.

The age of consent in California also is 18.

Anyone with information about Ruhs’ online contacts is asked to call Detective Jen Curry, 541-682-5166.

Court records in the local case allege that Ruhs sent links to pornography websites to the girl and that sent she him nude photos.

In August, the girl’s mother reported her as a runaway after discovering that she didn’t go on a school-related camping trip.

Eugene police discovered that Ruhs had flown into Eugene to be with the girl, who told them that he had had sex with her twice. Ruhs denied the accusation.