Oregon City coach accused of stealing watch

OREGON CITY — Police arrested Oregon City High School football coach Kevin Strasser in the theft of a student's watch.

Strasser, who also teaches physical education at the school, was arrested Tuesday at his home in Milwaukie. He was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of theft and official misconduct. He posted bail early Wednesday and was released.

Oregon City police Sgt. Matthew Paschall said a former student told investigators he lost his watch at the end of the school year. He didn't think it was stolen until someone he knows saw it at a local pawn shop. Strasser was arrested after an officer looked at pawnshop's records to see who brought in the watch.

Strasser declined comment when reached at home by a reporter from The Oregonian, saying a lawyer advised him not to do interviews.

Oregon City School District Superintendent Larry Didway released a statement in which he said the district was "shocked and saddened" by the arrest.

"Anytime the actions of an educator may have betrayed the trust of our students and community, we are heartbroken," he said.

Strasser, 42, played receiver for Oregon State University in the early 1990s. He coached at Portland State University and in the Canadian Football League before becoming head coach of the Pioneers in 2011.

Athletic Director Bruce Reese will serve as acting football coach. A substitute teacher will handle Strasser's physical education classes.

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