LO youth pastor arrested on sex charges
Beaverton Police detectives have arrested Ryan Mutchler, 30, on charges of second-degree online sexual corruption of a minor and luring a minor.
Mutchler was a youth pastor at Mountain Park Church in Lake Oswego and assisted with the Aloha High School marching band program on a short-term basis, according to police.
Investigators say Mutchler took part in a text-message conversation over several days with an undercover detective that outlined Mutchler's desires to have a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he met at a church summer camp in June. He was arrested Sept. 7 and taken to the Washington County Jail, although court records show he was released later that day after posting $10,000 bail.
Mountain Park Senior Pastor Greg Borror told The Review on Monday that Mutchler was a part-time employee at the church but that he was "removed from our employ the day after he was arrested."
"We did our due diligence to run a background check," Borror said. "At this time, we have no further statement."
Police say they found out about Mutchler's potential behavior from alert parents who monitored their child's cellphone use, and they say there is a potential for more victims. Any additional victims or anyone with information regarding Mutchler are asked to call 503-629-0111 and speak to a Beaverton Police officer.
Respond to Racism sets next meeting
Willamette University Professor Emily Drew will be the featured speaker on Monday, Oct. 1, when Respond to Racism hosts a conversation about "Power, Privilege and Racial Diversity in Oregon."
The conversation, sponsored by Oregon Humanities, is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 at the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Road. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.; the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, go to tinyurl.com/LORespondOctober.
City honored for water conservation program
Lake Oswego has been honored by the Oregon Water Resources Department for water management and conservation efforts that have reduced historic consumption and peak per-capita water demand by almost 20 percent since 2007.
The City was awarded second place in the "Best Conservation Program" category of the OWRD's Stewardship and Conservation Awards program for large municipalities. Ashland and Bend tied for first-place honors.
"It's a great honor for the City to be recognized for our water conservation efforts and for demonstrating that we are indeed good stewards of our water," said Kevin McCaleb, Lake Oswego's water conservation coordinator. "This recognition shows that the Lake Oswego community does not take our resources for granted, understands the importance of efficient water use and has a strong appreciation for the value of its water, in and out of the Clackamas River."
The City's Water Management and Conservation Program has been in place for more than 10 years. It combines public education about efficient water use, individual assessments of equipment, rebates for appliances and equipment and free water audits to expand awareness of the benefits of sustaining long-term water management best practices.
For more information, visit tinyurl.com/LOConservationAward.
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