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Former WLHS teacher sentenced on sex abuse charges

Peachey must register as a sex offender, serve 3 years probation

PEACHEYAfter pleading guilty to two counts of third degree sex abuse at the Lake Oswego Municipal Court earlier this month, former WLHS teacher Jonathan Peachey was sentenced Wednesday to 36 months of probation and a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail.

Peachey, who taught Spanish and English Language Development at WLHS, was arrested at his home in Lake Oswego Sept. 24 and charged with two counts of third degree sex abuse, two counts of first degree official misconduct and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He was placed on administrative leave shortly after the arrest, and later resigned.

Along with his teaching duties, Peachey, 34, also served as an advisor to the Ski Club and Link Crew.

Peachey originally entered a not guilty plea at a hearing Dec. 16, but eventually reversed course and pleaded guilty to the sex abuse charges Feb. 3. As part of the plea agreement, the City of Lake Oswego eventually agreed to drop the charges of official misconduct and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

As part of his sentence, Peachey was also ordered to register as a sex offender and pay restitution to his victims for counseling. He is not to have any contact with the victims or their families, and can no longer have any contact with minors, except in supervised settings with family members.

Wednesday's ruling came after an emotional court hearing Feb. 24, during which it was revealed that there were two separate victims involved in the case.

The courtroom was packed with family members of the victims, as well as supporters of Peachey. According to the case presented by the City of Lake Oswego, the sex abuse charges stemmed from separate incidents involving a 17-year old boy and a 14-year old boy.

In July 2015, Peachey was house-sitting for a family friend at a Lake Oswego home. According to the City, he had developed a friendly relationship with a 17-year-old struggling with sexual identity issues.

The two slept in the same bed at the Lake Oswego home and the 17-year old said at one point Peachey grabbed his genitals.

The allegations relating to the 14-year old boy also took place at the same Lake Oswego home. Peachey was alleged to have groped this boy as well.

Parents of both victims spoke at the sentencing hearing. The father of the 17-year-old boy called Peachey “a pedophile” and asked him to “stop lying. Stop pretending you’re the victim.”

In a Facebook post Feb. 4, Peachey wrote, “This was a Plea Offer so I could move on. I am not proven guilty and am an upstanding citizen. I have chosen to take a misdemeanor charge. I am choosing to move forward. ... All those who know me and work with me know what’s going on. Standing firm in the faith and in my character.”

The mother of the 14-year-old said her son was severely traumatized by the incident and read a note from a therapist she said diagnosed the child with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Peachey elected to have his attorney, Erik Bucher, speak for him. Bucher said that while Peachey was guilty of “poor decision making,” the charges of groping were false on both counts.

“This is not someone who is a pedophile looking for his next victims,” Bucher said. “He made poor decisions … he wants to move on with his life.”

Patrick Malee can be reached at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..