WHS teacher, coach arrested on sex abuse charges
Woodburn High School physical education teacher and head football coach Nicholas Federico was arrested at the high school on Monday.
Marion County Sheriff's Office and Woodburn Police arrested Federico, 38, on four counts of second-degree sex abuse, one count of second degree online sexual corruption of a child and four counts of first-degree official misconduct.
MCSO spokesman Lt. Jeremy Landers said detectives had received a tip in July regarding a video circulating on Instagram allegedly of a Woodburn High School teacher engaged in an intimate act. Police and sheriff's deputies investigated and charged that he had allegedly been messaging at least one student from the school using the social media Snapchat, and that led to an intimate relationship with an underage student.
Woodburn School District issued an official statement that said it was informed of the arrest on Monday.
The statement read:
"Woodburn School District was made awarethat at 10:30 a.m. this morning, Nicholas Federico, PE teacher on the Woodburn High SchoolCampus, was placed under arrest by Marion County Sheriff's Office for alleged inappropriateconduct that took place with a former student. Mr. Federico was immediately placed on paidadministrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The District understands thatthe school community will experience a range of emotions and will provide available resourcesto support our students, staff and families."
Federico, of Salem, has worked for Woodburn School District since 2011. He has been lodged at the Marion County Jail and is scheduled for arraignment at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.
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Detectives request that anyone with information pertinent to the investigation to call MCSO tip line at: 503-540-8079
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