BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A 61-year-old man with connections to schools and youth groups now faces sex charges as investigators look for potentially more victims.
Gregory Ryder Anderson was indicted by a Washington County grand jury for online sexual corruption of a minor and 2 counts of luring a minor and attempted sodomy.
Anderson volunteered at Wilson High School, was the former PTO treasurer at Jackson Middle School, the treasurer for the Three Rivers Ski League and was a youth group leader for the boys choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for 6 years.
Investigators believe there may be more victims because of his proximity to children.
Beaverton PD Detective Chad Opitz told KOIN 6 News they came in contact with Anderson “during a child predator sting” in July.
He was arrested after officers posed as a 15-year-old boy online and agreed to meet Anderson in private. When he arrived at the spot, he was taken into custody.
The sting, a partnership with the FBI and the Child Exploitation Task Force, uses undercover profiles on different social media platforms. Opitz declined to say which social media they use.
“The undercover investigator will pretty much just sit and wait and wait for these people to reach out to them, and then throughout the undercover chats, then, obviously, an age will be talked about, specific activities that may occur during the encounter,” he said.
Most of the time the social media chats take place in just one day.
In this case, the detective said, Anderson believed he was talking to a teenage boy and “took active steps to meet who he thought was this boy” near Beaverton City Hall.
He said investigators had not previously come into contact with Anderson.
Opitz explained that because a person takes a “substantial step” to have a conversation and then set up a meeting, “and then taking that substantial step of traveling to a location,” that’s a chargeable element of a crime.
“There is, in my opinion, no grey area of what was going to happen. There was going to be a meeting that Mr. Anderson expressed an interest in having some type of sexual contact with that minor.”
Once a person is arrested authorities look into their background, jobs, activities.
Investigators wanted to get the word out “in case there are any victims or anybody who’s had any type of inappropriate contact with Mr. Anderson.” He declined to comment on whether anyone else has come forward in this case.
Detective Opitz reminded parents of the importance of keeping track of what their children are doing online and on their cell phones.
“Just having open conversations with your child about apps to have, accounts they have, taking the time as a parent to go through your child’s phone” are important safety tips.
KOIN 6 News tried but was unable to contact Anderson for comment.
In a statement to KOIN 6 News, officials with the Three Rivers Ski League said:
“The Three Rivers League (TRL) and the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association (OISRA) are aware of an indictment in Washington County against Greg Anderson for charges related to crimes against children. At this time, Greg is suspended as treasurer and banned from all OISRA facilities and events until conclusion of an appropriate investigation and imposition of a penalty, if any.”
If you or someone you know has any information, contact Detective Maggie Brown at 503.526.3548.