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Misdemeanor charges stem from an incident at a Sept. 17 volleyball match; coach not currently working

The Lake Oswego High School volleyball coach, Leejay Lee, has been cited for sex abuse in the third degree (a Class A Misdemeanor) and harassment following an incident with an underage female player Sept. 17.

Lee, 38, was employed as the school's volleyball coach and re-engagement specialist at the time of the incident. On Sept. 17, the LOHS girls volleyball team was competing in a match at Tualatin High School.

"It's alleged that the coach, Leejay Lee, walked by one of the female volleyball players and she felt a hand abruptly slap her buttocks with an upward force that caused her backpack to raise upwards as well," said LOPD Lieutenant Darryl Wrisley, referring to the police report. "She described feeling three fingers on her buttocks on the time of the incident occurred."

According to the report, the LOHS student did not know who had touched her until she turned around and saw Lee.

Wrisley said the police were notified Sept. 18 by the LOHS Athletic Director Brigham Baker.

Lee will appear in Washington County Circuit Court Oct. 31 at 8:30 a.m. No further details were provided, other than the fact that there were other players present when it happened.

On Thursday, the LOSD issued a statement to parents about the incident, which described Lee as a "LOHS coach and employee at the high school level who is not currently working."

"We are sharing this information with parents in the interests of disclosure and transparency," it read. "Please be aware that in accordance with policy, the district does not discuss information involving personnel matters and will be unable to comment further on this incident."

The district declined to comment on Lee's official employment status. "He is not working," said Nancy Duin, who manages communications for the LOSD.

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