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Bail was set at $250,000 for an 18-year-old Colton High School student, who was arrested on charges of sexual abuse and rape of a minor

A Colton High School student was arrested Monday on charges of sexual abuse and rape of a minor.

Chayse Kelly Teach, 18, was arrested on Monday, Dec. 11 and charged with seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, a Class B Felony, and one count of rape in the first degree, which is a Class A Felony, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office booking information and public records.

CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - 18-year-old Colton High School student Chayse Kelly Teach was arrested Monday, Dec. 11 on charges of sexual abuse and rape of a minor.

Public records also show that four witnesses gave testimony before the grand jury.

The alleged instances of abuse occurred on or between Oct. 1, 2014 and July 24, 2017, and involve the same minor victim, according to the indictment.

Under each of the seven charges of sexual abuse, Teach is accused of sexually touching the minor victim, who was under the age of 14.

The victim was under the age of 12 at the time of the alleged rape, records show.

A secret indictment took place Oct. 23, and a warrant was issued for Teach's arrest on Dec. 11, the same day he was taken into custody, public records show. His arraignment was also held that day.

He was booked into the Clackamas County jail with bail set at $250,000.

Colton Superintendent Koreen Barreras-Brown said that the arrest did not take place on school grounds and further noted that the school does not believe the arrest relates to the school district.

"One of our students was taken into custody by authorities who are conducting an investigation," Barreras-Brown wrote in a letter to Colton School District families. "At this time, we do not believe it relates to any issues regarding our school district. We are unable to make further comment because we do not want to impede law enforcement's investigation. Further, we are in communication with law enforcement and cooperating with this investigation."

The Canby Police Department is the investigating agency, according to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has asked that anyone with concerns or information contact Canby Police.

A status-check hearing is set for Jan. 12, 2018, and a twelve-person jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. in Clackamas County Court. At this time, Teach has a court appointed defense attorney, according to public records.

This story will be updated if more information becomes available.


Kristen Wohlers
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