Swim coach arrested on sex abuse allegations
Two girls identified as victims of inappropriate contact at Sunset Athletic Center
Washington County Sheriff's Office child abuse detectives are searching for additional sex abuse victims following the arrest of a swimming coach affiliated with the Sunset Athletic Center and the Beaverton Swim Center.
Two victims have been identified, but detectives fear there may be additional victims because of the suspect's extensive contact with children.
Employees of the Sunset Athletic Center, 13939 N.W. Cornell Road, contacted the sheriff's office on June 23 to investigate a complaint that Mitchell Alan Douglas Kelly, 17, of Beaverton engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls. Deputies investigated the complaint and child abuse detectives were contacted to assist with the case.
Kelly, a swimming instructor at the club since October 2013, was responsible for teaching children how to swim and providing lifeguard services at the pool. He taught individual and group lessons and worked at the Beaverton Swim Center on Northwest Science Park Road for about eight months before his employment at Sunset Athletic Center.
Deputies learned that Kelly finished a swim lesson with children less than 8 years old and afterward allegedly inappropriately touched two of them in a secluded room, said Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff's office spokesman.
Detectives processed evidence and interviewed a number of people with knowledge of the incident. Detectives fear there may be additional victims Kelly may have abused because of his close proximity to children while at work.
Kelly was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail, where he was arraigned in adult court on June 30. Transferred to Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center in Portland, Kelly is held pending $250,000 bail.
He faces charges including two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct. Complete charges will be forthcoming after the case is presented to a Washington County Grand Jury.
Detectives seek the public's help regarding this case or possible additional unreported crimes Kelly committed.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500.