Basketball coach in Beaverton arrested for sex abuse

Laurence Metz worked at Club Villa Sport in Beaverton

Cole Miller and KOIN 6 News Staff - BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) -- A basketball coach who had "extensive contact with youth" was arrested for sexually abusing a minor and investigators said there may be more victims.

Laurence Metz is accused of abusing a teenage girl from a family he befriended through his work at Club Villa Sport in Beaverton. The 34-year-old faces four counts of 2nd-degree sexual abuse, and was arrested October 6. He was released after posting bail at the Washington County Jail that same day.

He's expected in court on Wednesday.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office began looking into the allegations in December 2016 and worked with Oregon DHS over these months.

Metz coached youth basketball and runs a company called Metz Basketball Academy, officials said. He also help basketball classes at The Courts in Beaverton.

"Due to his extensive contact with juveniles and youth over the years, we're concerned there could potentially be more victims," Jeff Talbot with the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. "The biggest thing you can do is be aware of what your children are doing and who they're spending time with."

Neighbors were surprised to hear about the allegations.

"It's pretty disturbing knowing that he's just right across the street," Ron Staten said. "Keep an eye on your kids, you never know who's lurking in your neighborhood."

Anyone with information is urged to call investigators at 503.846.2500.


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