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Driver ed teacher banned after complaints

A driver education instructor at Glencoe High School has been trespassed from all Hillsboro School District campuses after students reported seeing inappropriate images on his classroom computer.

The man, 47-year-old Victor Matoush, had been working for the Oregon Driver Training Institute (ODTI), which contracted with Portland Community College to provide driver-training teachers for a twice-weekly course it offered at Glencoe. Tuition for the class, which ran Jan. 7 through March 4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, was $285 per pupil.

ODTI President George Doddington confirmed March 24 that Matoush was “no longer employed” with the company.

According to a story in the Medford Mail Tribune, in 2007 Matoush — a former girls basketball coach at South Salem High School and St. Mary’s School in Medford — was charged with rape, sex abuse and coercion in Jackson County after an adult female acquaintance told police he had handcuffed her, tied her legs to a bed and raped her. Those charges were dropped in 2008.

In 2009, Matoush applied to be the girls basketball coach at Hillsboro’s Century High School, said district spokeswoman Beth Graser, “but a different applicant was selected.”

Matoush began subbing for the district in September 2011 as part of the Northwest Regional Education Service District’s substitute pool and later taught economics and world geography at Hillsboro High School.

He was eventually dropped from the sub list “after several school complaints,” Graser said.

“We stopped using him as a substitute last school year,” she said March 20, two weeks after the district trespassed Matoush from all its facilities. “There were some performance concerns during his time at Hilhi and he displayed aggressive behavior toward the administrative staff.”

Graser said district officials did not know Matoush was teaching driver training at Glencoe until Feb. 28, when Principal Bob Macauley alerted them to student complaints he had received the night before.

“In one of the classes, as [Matoush] booted up his computer, a couple students saw some inappropriate images,” said Graser, who added she was not sure if the images were pornographic.

School administrators contacted the district’s human resources office, which in turn alerted PCC.

The district also filed a report about the incident with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission March 3, Graser said, and “began the process of talking with [Hillsboro] police to let them know of our intention to trespass [Matoush] from all district property.

“We wanted to make sure he couldn’t come onto any of our campuses through other outside companies in the future.”

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