Police: Man who was Tigard High School teacher and coach arrested for sex abuse

Marcus D. Jolley booking photo

A 40-year-old man accused of sexually abusing students at the high school where he used to work was arrested Thursday by Tigard police.

Detectives arrested Marcus D. Jolley, a former teacher and coach at Tigard High School, at his home without incident.

Police said Jolley was the subject of an in-depth investigation that launched last summer after a former Tigard High School student reported alleged sex abuse by Jolley to a Tigard police school resource officer.

Another victim contacted officers recently, according to police, intensifying the investigation into Jolley.

He is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a high school student beginning in July 2005 and continuing throughout the year. Jolley also allegedly abused the second victim in 2016. Police said the alleged abuse occurred when both victims were students attending Tigard High School.

Court documents state the abuse occurred near the school, in a church parking lot and at the home of one of the victims.

The Tigard-Tualatin School District confirmed Friday that Jolley was a teacher at Tigard High School from 2005 to 2016, while also serving as an assistant football and JV softball coach.

The Sherwood School District confirmed Jolley was hired as an associate principal at Sherwood Middle School for the 2016-2017 school year, but he resigned in May 2017. Sherwood administrators stated they had not received any complaints or grievances about Jolley during or after his time there.

On Thursday, Jolley was indicted on five counts of second-degree sex abuse and one count of third-degree sex abuse.

He was booked into the Washington County Jail and posted bail Friday morning.

Anyone with information on Jolley, including knowledge of other possible victimization, is encouraged to contact investigators at 503-718-2677 or tips@tigard-or.gov.

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