PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 40-year-old Salem-Keizer School District teacher is accused of sexually abusing a former student.
Shane Ross of Turner had “inappropriate sexual contact with a former student over a period of several years,” according to Salem Police Dept.
Ross most recently worked as a PE teacher at Englewood Elementary School, but its unclear where he was working at the time of the alleged abuse.
Fifth-grader DeMari Thompson told KOIN 6 News the news came as a shock.
“No one suspected a thing,” Thompson said. “He was very good, he was never mean. He was always nice, always kind.”
Ross is charged with 5 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, 9 counts of second-degree sexual abuse and 1 count of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration.
“I had a little more faith in Mr. Ross, I never knew he’d do such a thing. I can’t believe it,” Thompson said. “I wish you wouldn’t have… we really miss you here.”
Jay Remy, a Salem-Keizer spokesperson, said they are cooperating with authorities.
“Mr. Ross has taught in our district since 2000, teaching PE and computer classes at Houck and Parrish Middle Schools and Schirle and Rosedale Elementary schools. He is currently on paid administrative leave from Englewood Elementary where he has taught PE since 2012. We have two days of school left this year, so we are trying to help students and staff focus on teaching and learning and would appreciate support in that effort,” Remy said in a statement to KOIN 6 News.
Anyone who experienced or is aware of concerning and/or inappropriate contacts involving Ross is asked to contact the Salem Police Dept. Tip Line at 503-588-8477.