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Sunset track coach, record-holder arrested for sex abuse

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN ) -- A track coach and former all-state sprinter at Sunset High School was arrested on Tuesday after Beaverton Police said he had an "inappropriate sexual relationship" with a 16-year-old girl at the high school.

Beaverton Police said they started investigating Branden Michael Helms on June 26 for the relationship with the teen that they said started about two months before. Helms met the teen through the track team, according to police. 

Helms was indicted on Tuesday for two counts of luring a minor and four counts of second-degree sexual abuse. He was then transferred to Washington County Jail. 

A spokeswoman with the Beaverton School District said he coached on the track team the last two seasons, but he wasn't contracted. They said he was a "casual employee." He's no longer with the district.

Helms was a standout sprinter for Sunset High School, earning all-state honors in his senior year. He holds the school record in the 200 meters with a time of 21.54 back in 2011, according to Athletic.net

He ran for Lane Community College before he transferred to the University of Arizona

KOIN 6 News will update this story as more information becomes available. 


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