Former coach makes no plea

A former St. Mary's School coach appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court Tuesday to hear formal rape charges against him involving a 38-year-old woman with whom he was previously having consensual sex.

Victor E. Matoush, 40, of Medford, who is free on bail, made no plea Tuesday to the charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sex abuse and coercion.

Court records show the woman alleged she and Matoush were having consensual sex June 17 at his Medford home when, in spite of her protests and weeping, he handcuffed her, tied her legs to the bed posts and raped her.

Matoush declined to comment after his hearing Tuesday.

However, his attorney, David Terry, of Roseburg, said all of the sex between his client and the alleged victim was consensual.

Matoush and the alleged victim have known each other for 15 years and were having a consensual sexual relationship for six months, Terry said.

Terry claimed the alleged victim told Matoush she was interested in engaging in sexual bondage.

But he declined to comment on why the alleged victim immediately reported the sexual encounter as a rape.

"As this case unfolds and the facts come out in the courtroom, her motive will become clear," Terry said.

A trial date has not yet been set.

Matoush, a graduate of Ashland High School and Southern Oregon University, served as St. Mary's girls varsity basketball coach until last March.

St. Mary's Principal Frank Phillips has said he never received any reports of sexual misconduct by Matoush during the coach's employment there.

About two weeks before the alleged rape, Matoush was hired as girls basketball coach at South Salem High School.

Officials with Salem-Keizer Public Schools have rescinded their offer to Matoush but not because of the pending rape charges, said spokesperson Jay Remy.

Matoush was offered the position before officials processed the application so that he could participate in the girls basketball camp in June as a volunteer in the company of other district employees, Remy said.

"While processing his application, the district found he was not eligible for the position as coach," Remy said, "and it's not related to the pending charges."

He declined to elaborate for the sake of Matoush's privacy.

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