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Longtime LO swim coach faces sex abuse charges

Several allegations dropped in Clackamas County court
by: SUBMITTED, Don King

Although several serious charges against Lake Oswego swim coach Don King were dropped Monday, the investigation into alleged sexual abuse is ongoing.

King, 65, was arraigned Monday in Clackamas County Circuit Court on two misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

He was arrested Friday on two first-degree sexual abuse charges and three third-degree charges, stemming from alleged incidents in Lake Oswego.

'One should not presume they have heard the last word of what may have happened in Clackamas County,' said Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Regan. 'We have not completed the investigation.'

In Linn County, King was charged with two attempted first-degree sexual abuse charges, four third-degree charges and two first-degree sex abuse charges, which allegedly occurred in Albany.

Regan said the extent of the alleged incidents in Lake Oswego are unknown.

King is owner of King Swimming of Lake Oswego, and was the coach of the Lake Oswego High School swim team.

King Swimming is a private swim club that practiced at Lake Oswego School District's pool. King has also been head coach of the high school swim team since 2003.

The investigation into the alleged sexual abuse began two weekends ago during a swim meet in Albany, after an off-duty Albany Police Department detective who was working as an announcer at a swim meet was tipped off about the possibility of alleged sexual abuse.

Police officials said there is videotape of the alleged touching of the minors.

While some of the Clackamas County charges were dropped, Regan said there could be more charges once the investigation is complete.

King has been suspended from the school district, pending outcome of the investigation.

King has been a swim coach for more than 30 years. He previously was an assistant coach from 1998 to 2001 at Jesuit High School. He also coached at Madison High School, Lewis and Clark College, Wilson High School and Santa Clara Swim Club. He is a 1958 graduate of Sunnyvale High School in California.