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WLHS teacher arrested on sex abuse charges

Jonathan Michael Peachey was accused of "inappropriately touching" two students at a home in Lake Oswego

Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, West Linn High School teacher Jonathan Michael Peachey was arrested at his home in Lake Oswego for two counts of third degree sex abuse, two counts of first degree official misconduct and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. PEACHEY

Peachey, 34, teaches Spanish and English Language Development at West Linn High School. He also serves as an advisor to the Ski Club and Link Crew.

Peachey was lodged at Clackamas County Jail, with bail set at $37,500. He posted bail Tuesday evening. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Lake Oswego Municipal Court on Oct. 7, Lake Oswego Police Sgt. Tom Hamann said.

According to a press release, the Lake Oswego Police Department was called on Monday to investigate a report that a West Linn High School teacher had been inappropriately touching male students while at a house in Lake Oswego. The arrest followed Tuesday.

“At this time, we are aware of two victims, but it is possible that there could be more,” Hamann said in a press release. “We are asking that anyone with information about these incidents or additional victims to contact Lake Oswego Police Detective Lee Ferguson at 503-635-0238.”

On Tuesday afternoon, WLHS Principal Kevin Mills released a statement addressed to parents.

"The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is cooperating with the investigation. Mr. Peachey has been placed on administrative leave," Mills said in the statement. "We are very concerned about these charges and will do all we can to support students and staff. Counselors will be available to support students as needed."

News reports from 2010 indicated that Peachey was previously arrested in West Linn on suspicion of DUII. A search of Oregon records did not show a resolution to that arrest.


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