PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A former Salem-Keizer elementary and middle school teacher changed his plea to guilty on Monday for 9 charges of sexual abuse that happened to 2 victims in 2 different stretches from Sept. 2001, to June, 2015.
Shane McKenzie Ross entered his guilty plea in Marion County court on Wednesday, over 8 months after he was arrested by Salem Police.
Ross will be sentenced on April 6. He's facing up to 25 years in prison, according to court documents. He was originally charged with 15 counts of sex abuse, but the court agreed to drop 5 of those charges in exchange for the guilty plea. The court also dismissed 1 charge.
Ross taught PE and computer classes in the school district since 2000, until he was arrested. He 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. Ross also taught at 4 other middle and elementary schools.
DeMari Thompson, a fifth grader at Englewood at the time, 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.
"I had a little more faith in Mr. Ross, I never knew he'd do such a thing. I can't believe it."
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