An Oregon high school teacher and football coach has been accused of engaging in an “intimate relationship” with an underage student, whom he allegedly courted using Snapchat.
Nicholas Federico, 38, was arrested on Monday by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies at Woodburn High School, sergeant Jeremy Landers told Oxygen.com. He was charged with four counts of second-degree sex abuse, second-degree online sexual corruption of a child, and four counts of first-degree official misconduct.
Law enforcement said they received a complaint in July 2019 related to a video that had been posted to Instagram, which purported to show a Woodburn High School teacher — presumably believed to be Federico — “engaged in an intimate act,” according to The Oregonian. An investigation into that social media tip revealed that Federico had allegedly been corresponding with a student using Snapchat, which they suspect is what led to the alleged child abuse and teacher-student relationship.
The 38-year-old Oregon teacher has been employed by Woodburn School District since 2011, police said, where he has taught physical education and is also the school’s head football coach.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesperson was unable to provide any further information on the gym teacher’s case.
“Because it’s a child sex abuse [case] there’s [an] exemption [to] what we can disclose and push out publicly,” Landers, the spokesperson for Marion County Sheriff’s Office, told Oxygen.com.
However, Landers highlighted the need for parents to exercise a high degree of caution in monitoring their children's social media activity.
“For us, what we want to make sure is brought to the forefront to this is it brings attention to parents as a whole to pay attention to the social media use of their children, to educate them about safe social media use practices, and for parents to take time to learn about the dangers of social media when they are not monitored and they are not helping their children with making good decisions,” he added.
Federico was “immediately” placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate the allegations against the football coach, according to school district officials.
“The District understands that the school community will experience a range of emotions and will provide available resources to support our students, staff and families,” a statement published on the school district’s website on Monday stated.
The student, who wasn't identified by law enforcement, no longer attends Woodburn High School, according to The Oregonian.
Federico has posted bail and been released pending his trial, according to online court records. His next court appearance has been scheduled for Nov. 25 at 9:30 a.m., according to a spokesperson for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
A 42-year-old teacher in Massachusetts was also charged this month for allegedly soliciting a 15-year-old minor student into sending her nude pictures of himself on Snapchat
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