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Former St. Helens soccer coach convicted of child porn crimes

Investigator: Charges don't date back to time in St. Helens


AjisawaCharges of downloading child pornography don't date back to Ryoma Ajisawa's time spent working as a soccer coach at St. Helens High School, investigators said Wednesday.

Ajisawa plead guilty to three counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree on Feb. 4, and was sentenced to 35 months of prison at the Coffee Creek facility in Wilsonville.

Ajisawa was originally arrested on July 31, 2014, and charged with 20 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree. He was released on $30,000 bail the same day, but was arrested eight days later on 10 additional counts — all of which stemmed from the eight days of freedom.

The second time around, bail was set at $300,000.

Bob Ray, Washington County public information officer, said the investigator found “no evidence whatsoever” Ajisawa had been downloading child pornography while a coach in St. Helens, and there was no evidence of inappropriate physical contact between Ajisawa and minors.

Ajisawa was the girls' soccer coach at St. Helens High School from 2010 to 2012, when he then took over the boys' program for a season.

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