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Madras track coach accused of sexually abusing student

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MADRAS, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon State Police arrested the head track and field coach at Madras High School on Monday on suspicion of sex abuse involving a 17-year-old student who was on the school's track team.

Troopers took 43-year-old Melissa Bowerman into custody at her home in Fossil. 

They took her to the Jefferson County Jail and booked her on charges of second-degree sex abuse, luring a minor, second-degree online sexual corruption of a child and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

Detectives said they're concerned there may be more victims.

They first received a tip earlier this month that Bowerman was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy. Once police started investigating, they developed evidence that led to her arrest.

Police said the unlawful conduct appeared to start in May 2014. She has been coaching at Madras High School for two years.

Bowerman is the daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder and legendary University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman, according to a 2012 report from The Associated Press. That same report said Melissa Bowerman was previously dismissed as a volunteer track coach at Condon-Wheeler because she took a 17-year-old student to prom.

Anyone with information on the latest investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Tips will be forwarded to the lead investigator for follow-up.

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