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Swimming Coach Cleared on Sex Abuse Charges in Lake Oswego

A jury found swim coach Don King not guilty of sexual abuse of girls on his Lake Oswego High School team.

65-year old Donald John King of Lake Oswego has been charged with sex abuse
65-year old Donald John King of Lake Oswego has been charged with sex abuse. Photo:

(LAKE OSWEGO, Ore.) - The owner of King Swimming of Lake Oswego who was arrested on numerous charges relating to sex abuse has been cleared by a jury in Linn County. The business owned by 65-year old Donald John King coaches young swimmers.

Lake Oswego Police say the investigation began in Albany when people contacted an off-duty Albany Police detective at a swim meet over concerns related to Mr. King's alleged touching of children. Albany Police arrested King and charged him with 2 counts of first-degree sex abuse, two counts of first-degree attempted sexual abuse and 4 counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

During the trial a videotape was shown of King having contact with girls that a detective called "disturbing."

KGW reports that King he maintained that any touching lacked sexual intent and was brief and inadvertent. They also quote his defense attorney, Rich Cohen, say that King's contact with the girls -- some as young as 13 -- was "grandfatherly affection."

All six counts against Mr. King were dropped when the Linn County jury returned their not guilty verdicts Thursday.

George Eder, a deputy district attorney in Linn County, reportedly said, "The evidence was squarely presented to the jury."

"The jury took the time to think hard about it and consider it carefully, and in the end it's the jury's decision to make."

Charges related to sex abuse in Clackamas County are still pending. ----------------------------------------------------------

Special thanks to KGW for information in this report

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The Editor June 12, 2007 5:13 pm (Pacific time)

I understand why you would question that; the reason is that in cases like these, people do not always know names but they can comprehend a location. If there are more victims in the vicinity of this person's home, and people do not know him by name, they might be able to connect the dots. That is the only reason and we do not mean to be insensitive.

An example would be how every time we reference a person who died in a story, we always use a salutation out of respect. We are well intended, for what it's worth, thanks.

Anonymous June 12, 2007 3:33 pm (Pacific time)

Why is there any reason to publish his home address? He has not been convicted of anything at this point. His family does not need the extra media attention.

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