Jay Reese

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A former Del Norte Unified School District athletic director is behind bars in Josephine County, Oregon, on charges he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in late January.

Jay Reese, who served as the district’s athletic director from September 2019 to April 2020, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of sex abuse in the second degree.

According to information released by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Reese, who is 60, met the teen Jan. 28 at a Walmart in Grants Pass. The police allege Reese took the girl from Walmart to his home.

According to the police report, the girl stayed overnight at Reese’s home. During the night, the police allege Reese “subjected the victim to sexual contact without her consent.”

"This case is still under investigation and additional charges may be pending," GPDPS said in a press release. "Due to the nature of this case, there is concern there may be other victims."

In Oregon, sex abuse in the second degree is a Class C felony and is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine up to $125,000.

Del Norte Unified School District released a press release Thursday, saying it was made aware of the charges. The school district is cooperating fully with Grants Pass police. Michael Hawkins, communications manager for the district, said no reports or complaints of sexual conduct by Reese were made during his time with the district.

Hawkins did ask anyone who might know about the case in Grants Pass of possible information on any other case to call Detective Heather Yerrick at 541-450-6260 and reference case No. 21-4447.

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