Sheriff wants to shut down Sex Conference

Oregon House of Representatives may also look into the annual conference

The Adolescent Sexuality Conference was held in Seaside, April 7-8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
The Adolescent Sexuality Conference was held in Seaside, April 7-8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — After a KOIN 6 News investigation revealed some of the items shared and discussed at the annual Adolescent Sexuality Conference, the Clatsop County sheriff is working to shut it down.

Sheriff Tom Bergin told KOIN 6 News he’s reached out to the Clatsop County District Attorney and believes there may be some criminal activity at the conference.

The Oregon House of Representatives education committee will also look into the conference.

One of the handouts at the Adolescent Sexuality Conference held in Seaside, April 7-8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
One of the handouts at the Adolescent Sexuality Conference held in Seaside, April 7-8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Students attending the conference were shown porn sites, taught how to access cybersex and even were encouraged to Skype each other while masturbating. That is one way this conference material could be setting kids up for illegal activity, Sheriff Bergin said.

KOIN 6 News requested an interview with the Oregon Department of Education, the department on the conference’s steering committee.

“We do not have any additional information to share on this conference.  I will have to decline your interview request at this time,” the department responded in an email.

The Oregon DOE employs Brad Victor, who runs the conference and is paid to help school districts align sex education to state standards.

One of the handouts at the Adolescent Sexuality Conference held in Seaside, April 7-8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
One of the handouts at the Adolescent Sexuality Conference held in Seaside, April 7-8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

The Oregon Health Authority, which supports the conference, also declined a request for an interview. In an email to KOIN 6 News, a spokesperson wrote, “Sorry. We have no one available for an on-camera interview.”

Oregon State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, June 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Oregon State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, June 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Rep. Sherrie Springer, the vice chair of the House Education Committee, told KOIN 6 News she “absolutely will be suggesting (the sex conference) is put on the agenda.”

Another Oregon representative, Julie Parrish, said she’s outraged by what this KOIN 6 News investigation revealed.

“I really do think the House Education Committee should take this up as an issue and get a briefing as a minimum from the Department of Education and ask precisely what is being taught to kids,” Parrish said. “Young middle school kids are being exposed to these materials that are far outside the norm.”

The city of Seaside just started reviewing the conference’s contract and is looking into the liability risks of hosting the conference.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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