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Former Madras track coach pleads guilty to sex abuse involving student

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MADRAS, OR (KPTV) -

A former track and field coach at Madras High School has pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse involving a student.

Melissa Bowerman, 45, was arrested at her home in Fossil in July 2014. She pleaded guilty in court Monday.

The investigation began when police received a tip about Bowerman acting inappropriately with a 17-year-old boy on the track team.

Prosecutors said she unlawfully subjected the boy to sexual contact from May to July 2014. Additional charges of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and luring a minor were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Bowerman was sentenced to five years supervised probation and ordered to undergo sex offender treatment. She must also register as a sex offender.

Bowerman cannot have any contact with minors and is prohibited from using the Internet or social media while on probation.

According to Jefferson County District Attorney Steven LeRiche, the court found that treatment is likely to be more effective than prison in reducing the risk of Bowerman committing similar crimes in the future.

If she violates her probation, she will face 16-18 months in prison.

Bowerman is the daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder and iconic University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman, according to a 2012 Associated Press report.

Bowerman was previously dismissed as a volunteer track coach at Condon-Wheeler after taking a 17-year-old student to prom.

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