GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — A youth wrestling coach who has also worked with the Boy Scouts of America was arrested Thursday for the alleged sexual abuse of 6 juveniles.
Wyatt Ross DeRemer is an in-home health care provider working with developmentally disabled children and also worked as a volunteer fire fighter in Boring, Gresham police said in a release.
The 25-year-old also worked as a paid assistant wrestling coach for the high school as recently as this past spring. He currently lives in the basement of his mother’s house.
Police began their investigation September 10 after the parent of a high school student reported DeRemer had inappropriate contact with their son.
Investigators said DeRemer confessed to abusing 6 children — aged 10 to 13 — between 2009 and 2012. Two of them were allegedly abused overseas.
Two children were believed to be abused in his car and one while on an overnight camping trip. Another incident allegedly took place in his basement.
DeRemer has 2 bachelor’s degrees from PSU and has never before been arrested, police said.
As either an assistant or a volunter, DeRemer previously worked with these organizations:
Boy Scouts of America, Eagles Club (as a cook), Eastside Elite Mat Club (head coach), USA Wrestling Association, Gresham Mat Club, Estacada Mat Club
Cobra Wrestling Mat Club, SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) after school wrestling program at the following Gresham area schools: Dexter McCarty Middle School, Clear Creek Middle School, and Gresham High School.
“We are shocked and concerned about these charges,” said Gresham High School Principal John Koch in a statement. “We will be doing all we can to support our students.”
DeRemer surrendered to police and is being held in the Multnomah County Detention Center on 7 counts of 1st-degree sexual abuse. His bail was set at $1.75 million.
Due to the sensitive nature of this case and the potential for more victims, Gresham Police Department’s Child Abuse Team asks that everyone respect the privacy of the victims and refrain from questioning them about their involvement. If anyone has had concerning contact with DeRemer or believes they have information pertinent to this ongoing investigation, they are asked to call Detective Aaron Turnage, at 503.823.0189.