Newberg youth soccer coach faces allegations of pedophilia
A youth soccer coach has been arrested on allegations he attempted to photograph or video record a naked minor member of his team.
Michael Erin Doty, 47, faces two counts of attempted first-degree invasion of personal privacy, a misdemeanor, after his Aug. 6 arrest by the Special Investigations Unit of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. Doty turned himself into detectives at the sheriff's office after his attorney was notified there was probable cause to make an arrest, according to YCSO Captain Sam Elliott.
The case was referred to the YCSO by the Newberg-Dundee Police Department in early August and the investigation continued for about three weeks, Elliott said, adding that multiple search warrants were served as part of the investigation.
"Technically, they were in multiple locations as the first warrant was served at Doty's home, another warrant was served on Doty — who was not at home at the time, in order to seize a cell phone — and the third warrant was to forensically examine the phone," Elliott explained.
An examination of the cell phone by NDPD's digital forensics laboratory allegedly revealed evidence that led to Doty's arrest.
The alleged victim in the case is a 12-year-old player on the Newberg Youth Soccer team that Doty coaches. Court records allege that on July 27, Doty attempted to photograph the child in the bathroom of his home during a visit. The child "was in a state of nudity and in a place and circumstances where (he or she) had a reasonable expectation of personal privacy, to wit, while in a bathroom" and the recording was without the child's consent, the release said.
Elliott said that although the forensic analysis of Doty's phone is complete, the investigation continues. The YCSO is attempting to determine if there are any other children, on the team or otherwise, that may have been victimized by Doty.
"This information is being released due to the concern there may be additional victims who have yet to disclose to anyone," the release said. "If you suspect a child may be experiencing abuse or neglect, please report your concern to the dedicated Department of Human Services Child Abuse Hotline at 503-378-6704 in Yamhill/Polk Counties or contact your local law enforcement agency."
As of Sept. 6, the YCSO had not identified any additional victims.
"We have received some concerned calls already today, but no new victims identified at this point," Elliott said.
He explained that invasion of personal privacy is neither a new charge nor something his office is unfamiliar with.
"The 'attempted' can be attached to any crime in the Oregon revised statutes and essentially is an allegation that substantial steps were taken toward completion of the crime, but one or more elements were not in place for the complete offense to be charged," Elliott said. "Invasion of personal privacy is a charge that YCSO has investigated multiple times before."
Elliott advised parents how to keep their children safe from this type of crime.
"Parents should be involved in all aspects of planning for events, both formal and informal," he said. "Ask questions about accommodations for changing clothes, sleeping arrangements and security. Ask questions about supervision and monitoring of youth. Have discussions with youth about who they can go to if they are concerned about something or have questions."
Doty was arraigned on the charges on Sept. 6 before Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Easterday. Hillsboro attorney Joseph Beck will serve as his counsel. Holly Winter, a deputy district attorney for Yamhill County, is the lead prosecutor in the case.
Doty is scheduled to appear for a remote plea hearing on Nov. 3. His only previous legal offenses, according to court records, are unpaid parking tickets.
"It is unfortunate that events like this still take place," Elliott said. "Kids should always be able to trust adults and individuals who are in any position of authority. If a youth does disclose inappropriate conduct by an adult, it is important to reassure the youth they have done nothing wrong and recognize how difficult it can be for a child to disclose information of a sensitive nature involving an adult."
Soon after Doty's arrest, Newberg Youth Soccer sent a message to families of players.
"As many have heard today, one of our club coaches was arrested today on charges of invasion of personal privacy …," President Steven Cook wrote. "The club was contacted in mid-August by a state investigator, who made us aware of an investigation. With the information we were given, the club board immediately placed the coach on administrative leave and removed him from his coaching duties. The club allowed him, at the time, to communicate his departure from coaching duties and the team's assistant coach took over the head coaching role.
"We understand that many questions will arise to as to what happened and what will happen next. The club has not received any additional information into the investigation or the charges, so will not be able to answer many of the questions you may have."
Cook added that adults who are exposed to Newberg Youth Soccer players are thoroughly vetted.
"So that everyone is aware, all of our coaches, board members and every volunteer that works with our kids has gone through and completed a background check before being given any responsibility within the club," he said. "We were shocked and heartbroken to hear of the investigation and now these charges. We hope that our club family will come together and support the players on this team, along with all of our club families."
The Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District, where Doty was employed, announced this week that he has been placed on administrative leave as well.
"The nature of the charges are deeply concerning and we will be fully cooperating with law enforcement," a statement from the agency said.
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