BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Police are looking for additional sex abuse victims following the arrest of a 17-year-old lifeguard.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the Sunset Athletic Center at 13939 NW Cornell Road contacted them on June 23 to investigate a complaint against Mitchell Alan Douglas Kelly.
According to the complaint, the Beaverton teen allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls.
Police said preliminary information indicated that Kelly had been a swimming instructor at the club since October 2013. His main responsibility was to teach children – individually and in groups – how to swim and provide lifeguard services at the pool.
Sheriff’s deputies learned that Kelly finished a swim lesson with children under 8-years-old and afterward allegedly inappropriately touched two of them in a secluded room.
After processing evidence and interviewing numerous people with knowledge of the incident, Child Abuse Detectives said they fear there may be additional victims that Kelly may have abused.
Authorities said Kelly worked at the Beaverton Swim Center on NW Science Park Road for about eight months prior to his employment at Sunset Athletic Center.
Some members of the Sunset Athletic Center said Kelly was friendly and good at his job.
“I’ve seen him, and he seemed very friendly and nice to everyone. I didn’t suspect or notice anything awkward. Those are the kind of things you would just never expect,” said club member Russ Persons.
The club manager told KOIN 6 he hired Kelly after he underwent a background check that showed Kelly had no criminal history and provided exemplary references.
Kelly was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail where he was arraigned in adult court on June 30. He is held on $250,000 bail and has been transferred to Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center in Portland.
He was initially charged with two counts of first degree sexual abuse and two counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct.
Authorities said complete charges will be forthcoming after the case is presented to a Washington County Grand Jury.
Detectives are seeking the public’s help regarding this case or possible additional unreported crimes the Kelly committed. Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503.846.2500.