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Portland-area soccer coach arrested on rape, sex abuse charges

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A prominent soccer coach in the Portland area has been arrested on sex abuse charges.

Dean Fowell, 26, of London, England, is facing charges of third-degree rape, second-degree sex abuse and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

On Saturday morning, West Linn police officers were called to a family's home to take a report from a 16-year-old girl, who they said disclosed sexual contact with her soccer coach over the course of two years.

Washington County sheriff's detectives immediately began gathering evidence and investigating Fowell.

They then tracked him down at a soccer game being played at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Once the game was over, deputies arrested Fowell and took him to the sheriff's office, where he was interviewed.

That's when detectives said they learned there's at least one other juvenile female who was victimized by Fowell.

Fowell is a coach for F.C. Portland, and also works with the Portland Timbers Regional Training Center and youth soccer camps at the University of Portland, according to the sheriff's office. He formerly coached at Aloha United.

"The sense of disappointment is enormous," said Joe Wedding, the executive director of FC Portland.  "On a scale from one to ten, it's off the charts."

Wedding said the victims are not students within FC Portland, but rather former students of Fowell.

"Even though they weren't in the academy, our heart still goes out to the victim and their family for the pain that's come about from this," said Wedding.

Wedding said Fowell passed all background checks before he was hired, but now has been suspended as the investigation continues.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division has placed a hold on Fowell, who is expected in court Monday afternoon.

Detectives said there may be other victims, and they're asking anyone with information to call Det. Robert Rookhuyzen at 503-846-2673.

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