PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The head football coach at Woodburn High School was arrested Monday on nine separate sex charges involving an “intimate relationship” with a student.
Nicholas Federico was taken into custody at the school after an investigation began in July, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. At that time they got a tip about an Instagram video allegedly showing a Woodburn teacher “in an intimate act.”
Authorities said they found evidence Federico was using Snapchat to message at least one student and that led to the relationship.
The Woodburn community was shocked to learn of Federico’s arrest.
“When I first said it I said, ‘What? Woodburn?'” said substitute teacher and resident Lionel Valverde. “As a coach, everybody knew him in the community.”
In a statement on their website, the Woodburn School District said Federico “was immediately placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.” Officials also said the “alleged inappropriate conduct” took place “with a former student.”
“Just kind of came as a surprise to hear about that,” said Valverde. “You have to be cautious. Parents have to be involved with their daughters and sons—what’s going on at school, how things are going.”
Thirty-eight-year-old Federico has been at Woodburn High School since 2011. He faces four counts of sex abuse, four counts of official misconduct and one count of online sexual corruption of a child.
“That abuse of authority,” said Valverde. “You’ve gotta wonder who do you trust nowadays?”
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 503.540.8079.
Federico posted bail and is expected to appear in court in November.
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