Central Track Coach Accused of Molestation

Catholic Sentinel

September 3, 2008

Central Catholic High School’s track coach, Askia Brown, is in court this week for charges of molesting a 14-year-old girl after a private strengthening workout two weeks ago at a training facility in Southwest Portland. He then allegedly chased her down when she said she was going to report it to her parents.

Brown for the past four years had been hired to coach Central Catholic’s track team during the season and he was not under contract when the alleged incident happened, said Bud Bunce, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Portland.

“A background check was completed and it came back clean,” Bunce said. The girl is also not a Central Catholic student.

Brown, 33, faces charges of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He was arraigned last Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. According to an affidavit filed in court, Brown brought the girl back to the training office at Transformations Studio in the 1700 block of Southwest Taylor Street. He allegedly touched her inappropriately during a massage.

She later called her brother and went to her father’s office, where they called police.

Bunce said the school will cooperate with authorities during the investigation.

“Central Catholic has made safety a high priority,” he added.

Since reports of the incident came out, a second teenage female has said she was a victim of sexual abuse by Brown.


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