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Wrestling coach who worked for DHS, volunteered with Boy Scouts guilty of sex abuse

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Wyatt DeRemer in court Thursday. Wyatt DeRemer in court Thursday.
Wyatt DeRemer, 2015 jail booking photo Wyatt DeRemer, 2015 jail booking photo
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A wrestling coach who also worked with developmentally disabled children through the Oregon Department of Human Services and volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America pleaded guilty to sex abuse.

Wyatt DeRemer, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree sex abuse. He also pleaded no contest to an additional count of first-degree sex abuse.

DeRemer was arrested in October 2015. Police said the investigation began a month earlier when the parents of a high school student reported that DeRemer had inappropriate contact with their son.

Investigators said DeRemer confessed to sexually abusing six boys between the ages of 10 and 13 years old from 2009 to 2012, including two victims in another country.

The abuse occurred in several locations, including his home and on an overnight camping trip for a wrestling event, according to detectives.

Prior to his arrest, DeRemer had worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Gresham High School and as an in-home care provider with the Oregon Department of Human Services for 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.

DeRemer had no previous criminal history.

As part of his plea agreement, DeRemer will be sentenced to 10 years in prison and must register as a sex offender. His formal sentencing is scheduled for June 29.

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