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Swim coach faces new charges

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Don King, a Lake Oswego-based swim coach, had additional sex abuse indictments brought against him Monday in Linn County Circuit Court.

King, 66, was indicted on five counts of felony sex abuse and one count of misdemeanor sex abuse by a grand jury Monday.

King's attorney, Richard Cohen, said his client will plead not guilty on all counts.

King already was charged with two felony sex abuse counts, two felony counts of attempted sex abuse and one misdemeanor sex abuse counts in Linn County, all involving minors.

He also faces a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge in Clackamas County, stemming from an incident with a minor. His Clackamas County charges were reduced in June from felony charges to a misdemeanor charge.

King is out on bail, awaiting trial. Cohen said his client maintains his innocence.

The allegations involve girl swimmers with King Swimming Club. The independent club holds its practices at the Lake Oswego School District pool. He has also been head coach of the Lake Oswego High School team since 2003.

The Linn County charges stem from incidents during a swim meet in June in Albany. An off-duty Albany detective videotaped King committing the alleged sexual abuse, after being tipped-off by the parent of a swimmer, according to officials.

'The investigation did begin during a swim meet in Albany,' said George Eder, Linn County deputy district attorney.

The charges against King have spurred King defenders and those who believe the allegations are true to voice their opinions. Some say that King coached their children and they would allow him to coach them again, while others question why he job-hopped among Portland area high schools and colleges, without staying more than two or three years at most posts.

One Review reader emphasized that, while King is from Lake Oswego and coaches here, he is not associated with the Lake Oswego Swim Club.