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Youth sports treasurer pleads guilty to thefts

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO / COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY JAIL Renae Marlee Mason

A Lake Oswego woman faces up to six years in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of theft from youth sports leagues in Lake Oswego.

Renae Marlee Mason, 45, pled guilty to six counts of first-degree aggravated theft and one count of first-degree theft in a hearing before Clackamas County Circuit Court on June 28. She will be sentenced on Aug. 11, at which a judge will determine the length of her sentence.

Mason admitted taking money from the Lake Oswego Junior Baseball, Lake Oswego Youth Football and the Lake Oswego Junior High School Parent Club in 2010 when she was serving as volunteer treasurer for the three organizations.

Mason agreed to pay back the money she took, which is estimated at a total of $135,000 by the three youth sports groups.

At the Aug. 11 sentencing hearing, according to Greg Horner of Clackamas County District Attorney's Office, the procedure will include: Presentation of the facts in the case, other issues pertinent to the case, what the DA's office believes should happen to Mason and impact statements by the victims.

Horner said the victims have been notified of the hearing and that they are expected to be present.

Mason had served for three years as the volunteer treasurer for the three sports groups when it was discovered that large sums of money were missing from their bank accounts. The Lake Oswego Police Department then began the investigation that led to Mason's arrest in February.

In an interview with police, it was learned that Mason was not a CPA, as she originally claimed. She told the police she had acted alone and that her motivation for stealing the money was her unemployment situation. She is purported to have used the money for living expenses.