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College responds to arrest of former lifeguard

Police accuse Melthratter, 21, of sex crimes involving minors


A former lifeguard at Mount Hood Community College, Samuel Patrick Melthratter, 21, of Gresham, was arrested Wednesday for six counts of sex crimes against underage victims.

by: GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT - Samuel Patrick MelthratterMelthratter worked for the college from March 2012 through November and was fired and banned from all MHCC campuses once allegations came to light about a month ago, said college spokeswoman Maggie Huffman.

The alleged crimes took place over the summer, according to the Gresham Police Department, and involves three victims, all underage.

Police fear there may be more victims and are asking anybody with information on additional victims to contact Gresham Police. Anyone with information should call Lt. Claudio Grandjean at 503-618-2336 or 503-766-3066.

Melthratter faces two felony counts of second-degree sex abuse, three misdemeanor charges of third-degree sex abuse and one felony county of third-degree sodomy.

Huffman would not discuss how the college first found out about allegations against Melthratter because the case is pending, but said Gresham Police were called as soon as they became aware of the situation.

“The Gresham police were on our campus that same day,” she said.

MHCC president Debbie Derr posted a letter on the college's Facebook page that expressed the administration's concern for the victims and reminded employees that reporting allegations of sex abuse or child abuse is mandatory.

“Our hearts go out to the victims because this is just terrible, and also to our own employees who have been close to this situation,” Huffman said. “Our first concern is always people's safety so we are working through this with law enforcement.”

Melthratter is being held in the Multnomah County jail. His bail is set at $22,500.



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