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Local middle school teacher arrested on sex abuse charges

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A middle school social studies teacher in the Reynolds School District has been arrested on charges of sex abuse, sodomy and unlawful sexual penetration.

Portland police arrested John Beasley, who is a 7th grade teacher at H.B. Lee Middle School, and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.

 "I have a 10 year-old-daughter that goes to school, it could have been my child, and that would have made me very angry," said Parent Vincent Sanmartin Jr. 

H.B. Lee Middle School Principal Dan Kimbrow sent a letter to parents Thursday to inform them of the arrest.

He wrote the school has no reason to believe that any Reynolds School District children were involved in Beasley's case, but asked that parents with any relevant information call the non-emergency police line.

"In the last period,  teachers gave us papers that stated what happened today," said an H.B. Lee Middle School 8th Grader.   "When we found out,  it was pretty devastating.  He seemed like a nice teacher, we wouldn't think he would do that."  

Until the school district can complete an internal investigation, administrators have put Beasley on paid leave.

According to court documents, the victims were not Beasley's students, but were known to him.

The court documents state Beasley admitted to police the abuse began two years ago when the two girls were around 5 and 8 years old. Beasley told police he didn't think there was anything wrong with it, because "the victims were curious," court documents state.

 "We are a close neighborhood, but I think the ripples of this will affect us for a while, if it turns out to be what they're claiming," said Beasley's neighbor Donald Iverson. 

Beasley was arraigned in court Thursday and his bail was set at $1.5 million. He is due back in court Sept. 27.

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