Middle school band teacher arrested for harassment

BEAVERTON, Ore (KOIN) — The band teacher at a Beaverton middle school accused of physically harassing a student was arrested on Thursday.

Beaverton Police Officer Mike Rowe said Larry Coates, the band teacher at Whitford Middle school, was arrested on two counts of harassment of a female student and lodged at the Washington County Jail.

Larry Dale Coates, April 3, 2014. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Larry Dale Coates, April 3, 2014. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Rowe said the harassment involved “unwanted physical contact” but was not considered sexual in any way.

Maureen Wheeler with Beaverton Public Schools confirmed Coates’ arrest and said he is on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted.

No additional details were available.

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