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Former Woodburn High School teacher, football coach sentenced to 30 months for sexual abuse

Former Woodburn High School football coach Nicholas Federico was sentenced on Tuesday in connection with charges of sexual abuse dating back to the coach's October 2019 arrest.PMG FILE PHOTO - Nick Federico

A jury found Federico guilty of 8 counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of luring a minor, one of the latter charges dates back to July 2015, according to a Marion County Circuit Court file. Federico, 41, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and is required to register as a sex offender.

According to reports, Federico will also have to pay a federal fine of $2,000.

Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Federico at the high school in October of 2019. At that time 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.

According to court documents submitted by Deputy District Attorney Brendan Murphy, police began to investigate reports connected to the case on July 29, 2019 after a family member of Federico received a concerning video with a message that alleged that he had an illegal sexual relationship with a student. Police subpoenaed the anonymous sender's information to determine the owner of the social media account.

When police contacted the sender, she reported that she had met Federico when she was a freshman in high school, that he was her weight training teacher her freshman and sophomore years and that they had "reconnected" when she was a senior during a program geared to help students with lackluster grades.

At that time the student was pregnant, thus especially vulnerable, while Federico was deemed as a teacher who would help students sign off on uncompleted work or get excuses for being tardy.

"In short, he was the 'cool' teacher," according to court documents.

Court documents further noted that the student and Federico began exchanging Snapchat messages which became "intimate and sexualized" after several days. Sexual relations ensued over the next 15 months. While much of the sexual activity occurred after the student had turned 18 and graduated from high school, records indicate many incidents taking place prior to that.

Federico was 37 at the time.

Court records noted: "The relationship fizzled out in the summer of 2019. One of the last interactions that the victim had with the Defendant (Federico) was his attempt to get the victim to sign a nondisclosure agreement. Specifically, Defendant paid victim $20,000 to not discuss his abuse and subsequent relationship, destroy all images from his affair, and executed a nondisclosure agreement with her.

"Defendant met with the victim's mother to coordinate the signing of the non-disclosure agreement. When he did so, he arrived with a Woodburn School District laptop computer to confirm the incriminating evidence was on a flash disk that she provided him. Once he did so, he paid her $20,000 in cash."

The record went on to say Federico later accused the victim of blackmailing him for more money.

Law enforcement investigators also reported finding numerous notes from female students in Federico's desk that "are best described as love letters." They also discovered another non-disclosure agreement for $10,000 with a different student but discovered that relationship began after the student had turned 18.


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