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Gresham wrestling coach, DHS worker arrested on sex abuse charges

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GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A Gresham wrestling coach and DHS worker with a long history of working with children turned himself in on several charges of sex abuse, police said Friday.

Police said Wyatt Ross DeRemer, 25, is accused of sexually abusing six underage boys, and investigators are concerned there may be more victims.

Police began investigating DeRemer on Sept. 10, when the parents of a high school-aged student reported that DeRemer had inappropriate contact with their son.

DeRemer then confessed that between the years of 2009 and 2012, he sexually abused six boys between the ages of 10 and 13 years old, according to police.

Police said two of the victims were abused in another country and it wasn't yet clear if he would face charges there, as that investigation is still ongoing.

The alleged abuse took place in several locations, including DeRemer's car, his basement and on an overnight camping trip for a wrestling event.

Police said DeRemer turned himself in Thursday night.

He was jailed on seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, with bail set at $1.75 million.

Most recently, DeRemer worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Gresham High School and as an in-home care provider with the Oregon Department of Human Services, working with children with developmental disabilities.

Police said DeRemer has also coached wrestling at Dexter McCarty Middle School and Clear Creek Middle School in Gresham, in addition to other youth wrestling programs.

DeRemer also previously worked as a life skills coach for Trillium Family Services and volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America.

Police said he has worked with hundreds of children through his work with various youth-oriented organizations, mostly in Multnomah and Clackamas counties.

Police said DeRemer had never been arrested previously and did not appear to have ever had any contact with police.

Because of his extensive work with children, police are investigating the possibility that there are more victims.

Anyone with information that can help with this investigation should call Gresham Detective Aaron Turnage at 503-823-0189.

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