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Pacific official pleads not guilty to sex abuse at arraignment

Michael Mallery is on personal leave from university pending trial


Michael Mallery, 48, vice president for finance and administration at Pacific University, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Wednesday afternoon on seven counts of Sex Abuse 1 in the Hillsboro courtroom of Judge Eric E. Butterfield.

He appeared without an attorney but has retained Richard D. Cohen of the Eugene-based Cohen & Coit law firm.

Mallery stood quietly behind a glass window in the Washington County Law Enforcement Center, dressed in a pink T-shirt and an orange jumpsuit. He was flanked by others awaiting arraignment.

Mallery is accused in a case that was referred to Washington County sheriff's detectives following a report to the Department of Human Services last May that an 11-year-old family member of Mallery’s said she had been inappropriately touched by him. During the investigation, a previous allegation from another family member in 2010, who is now 15 years old, was discovered.

A Washington County grand jury indicted Mallery on the seven counts. His trial is set to begin March 14 at 9 a.m.

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