OREGON CITY, Ore. – Oregon City High School football coach Kevin Strasser was arrested Tuesday in connection with a watch that a former student reported as stolen last year.
Strasser was charged with official misconduct and first-degree theft, a class C felony -- a crime that means the pilfered item is valued at more than $1,000.
Police said the watch was found at a Clackamas County pawn shop after the student lost it at the end of last school year. They identified the suspect as Strasser, who is also a teacher at Oregon City and arrested at his Milwaukie home.
Staff members at A1 Pawn Shop in Glandstone said Strasser sold the watch for less than $100. The watch was an Ice Time brand. The company's website lists watches that cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to $34,999.
All merchandise is entered into a police system along with the seller's driver's license and, often, thumbprint, which was how police tracked down Strasser.
Strasser is about to begin his third season as head coach at Oregon City High.
We went to his home in Milwaukie on Wednesday. Although we could hear voices inside, no one answered the door.
He was released on bail pending trial. First-degree theft carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and up to $125,000 in fines.
The Oregon City School District also released a statement that the school expects its staff to hold up to professional and moral standards. Strasser has been temporarily replaced on the field and in the classroom, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
Teacher Conduct Databases
Apparently, there are dozens of teachers who can still teach despite having questionable backgrounds.
The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon has a database of teachers who have come under fire since the late 1990s, including teachers suspended for being high on cocaine in the classroom, drinking on the job and looking at porn on school computers. Washington has a similar database.
- Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon
- Office of Professional Practices (state of Washington)
KATU News reporter Ian Parker contributed to this report.