Beaverton swim instructor accused of child sex abuse

Beaverton swim instructor accused of child sex abuse »Play Video
Mitchell Alan Douglas Kelly.

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Police have arrested a 17-year-old swim coach from Beaverton who is accused of sexually abusing two young girls under the age of eight at an athletic club.

Police said they have identified two victims but fear there may be more.

Mitchell Alan Douglas Kelly was a swimming instructor at Sunset Athletic Club at 13939 NW Cornell Road since October 2013.

Before that he was employed at the Sunset Swim Center on NW Science Park Road for about eight months.

He taught children how to swim in both group and individual lessons at the Sunset Athletic Club. He was also a life guard there.

Police allege that he inappropriately touched two girls under eight years old in a secluded room at the Sunset Athletic Club after their swimming lesson on Monday, June 23, 2014.

"The children were basically taken out of the main pool area off to another part of the building," said Sgt. Bob Ray, spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Ray said the young girls told their parents what happened after their swim lesson. The parents told staff at the athletic club, and then staff called police. 

"We had our child abuse detectives called out immediately on this case," Sgt. Ray said.

Kelly was arraigned on June 30, 2014, and is being charged as an adult.  He's being held at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center in Portland on $250,000 bail.

He faces charges of first-degree sexual abuse and using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct. The charges are Measure 11 crimes. Police say there could be more charges after the case goes before a grand jury.

Carleen Prentice, the manager of Sunset Athletic Club, told KATU News reporter Hillary Lake  the club has never had any trouble with Kelly before this incident. The club also posted a statement on its website.

Kelly's father, Dennis, told KATU News reporter HIllary Lake through tears that he family has hired a "good" lawyer, and he wants to "let the justice system run its course."

Kelly is also involved with the Boy Scouts. He's a student at Sunset High School.

KATU does not normally name minors accused of crimes, but because police fear there may be more victims, it is doing so in this case.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case or possible additional unreported crimes committed by Kelly, police said. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.