Local music teacher charged with sex abuse
(This story has been updated to reflect that Christopher Griffin was arrested again for the alleged violation of a no-contact order.)
A 29-year-old Sherwood man, who is the son of a Sherwood City Council member, was arrested Saturday, March 9, and charged with sex crimes involving a juvenile who was taking piano lessons at a local music and dance studio.
Christopher M. Griffin has been charged with sodomy, sex abuse and unlawful sexual penetration involving the victim, who was taking lessons from him at Sherwood's Let's Make Music and Dance, according to a news release from the Sherwood Police Department.
Ty Hanlon, police spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that Griffin is the son of Sherwood City Councilor Russell Griffin.
The charges come after police were notified of possible sex abuse allegations involving the suspect on March 7 and later executed search warrants at two Sherwood locations.
Griffin was booked into Washington County Jail on March 9.
After posting bail, Griffin was arrested again on March 12 for violation of a no-contact order involving the alleged emailing to the victim's mother, Hanlon confirmed.
Since the investigation is ongoing, police are asking anyone with information involving other possible victims to call the police non-emergency number at 503-629-0111.
The following is a statement posted on the Let's Make Music and Dance website:
"Dear Parents,I want to address today's arrest of my son and studio teacher, Christopher Griffin. While we feel terrible for anything that happened to this child, Christopher is innocent, and he will be exonerated in court.?The safety of your children always has been and will be our first priority. Just to make everyone comfortable, Christopher will not be working here while the charges are pending.At the advice of our lawyer, I am unable to comment further. Thank you.Ms. DeLyn, Director"