Portland-area Track Coach Linked to Sex Abuse of Young Runner


August 25, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland-area youth track coach was arraigned Monday on charges of sexually abusing a teen runner.

Askia Brown, 33, was arrested Friday after the 14-year-old girl told police that he molested her during a private coaching session, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Detective Brett Hawkinson.

KATU is not naming the girl due to the nature of the crime. Brown is the founder of the Portland Track Club and was a temporary coach for the spring season at Central Catholic High School, according to that school's athletic director.

Askia Brown

The girl told police the touching occurred Friday while Brown was massaging her legs at the track office at 1710 S.W. Taylor and lasted for about 10 minutes, the affidavit said. The girl said she was scared and did not know what to do, and that when she later left the building, Brown followed her while apologizing and saying, "This will ruin me," the affidavit said.

After his arrest, Brown told investigators his massage of her quadriceps did come near the girl's genital area but he denied that he sexually abused her, the affidavit said.

Brown was lodged in the Multnomah County jail and is facing two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of second-degree sexual abuse.

The girl's father said Brown should remain behind bars because he cannot be trusted.

"This man has held himself out as a coach and a mentor to some of the city's most motivated track athletes, and he has totally violated that trust with our daughter," the father said.

The case goes before a grand jury on Sept. 3.


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