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Former coach indicted, arrested for sex abuse

Robert Schuppert, 30, accused of relationship with FGHS student

SchuppertA former assistant coach at Forest Grove High School was arrested late last month for allegedly having an improper relationship with a student.

Robert Schuppert Jr., 30, of Forest Grove was taken into custody on Aug. 29 at the Washington Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

A Washington County Grand Jury indicted Schuppert on Aug. 27 on two counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, luring a minor and tampering with physical evidence.

Forest Grove School District Chief of Staff Connie Potter said Schuppert was never a teacher at the school. He was a part-time assistant boys basketball coach.

Schuppert was put on administrative leave shortly before the end of the basketball season when school officials suspected he was having an inappropriate relationship, they said.

Schuppert’s arrest capped Forest Grove Police Department’s four-month investigation concerning an allegation that he was involved in an improper relationship with a student at FGHS.

“It was investigated methodically by detectives,” Forest Grove Police Capt. Mike Herb said. “There was no rush to judgment on this.”

Herb said detectives spent several months piecing together the evidence that led to Schuppert’s arrest.

“There was a careful investigation done and eventually those results of the investigation were forwarded to a Washington County Grand Jury,” he said.

He also said it appears the relationship was with only one female at the school. Asked if that meant police are not looking for more victims, Herb replied, “That’s correct.”

— KOIN 6 News


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