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Oregon Gymnastics Coach Arrested for Possession of Child PornographySalem-News.com
Detectives are asking the public’s help in identifying any victims of Jeremy Waldridge who runs Top Notch Trampoline, Tumbling, and Cheerleading.
(ALOHA, Ore.) - Jeremy Brandon Waldridge was arrested Wednesday when detectives from INTERCEPT (Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention Team) served a search warrant at his residence in the community of Aloha.
Police say Mr. Waldridge has been the focus of a child pornography investigation led by INTERCEPT, since they received information that he was downloading explicit child pornography from the Internet.
During the investigation detectives became exceedingly concerned when they learned that Mr. Waldridge runs a private company geared for young children and teens called "Top Notch Trampoline, Tumbling, and Cheerleading". Detectives learned that Mr. Waldridge and members of his staff have visited local grade schools in the Hillsboro School District and put on demonstrations for the children.
At this time, detectives have no evidence that Mr. Waldridge has done anything criminal or inappropriate with any of his students or children he has had contact with. However, it is a typical pattern for those exploiting children to put themselves in a position where they have frequent contact with children, so this must be considered.
Because of the graphic nature of the child pornography found during this investigation, detectives want the parents of Mr. Waldridge’s students to be aware of his behavior and to call if they have any concerns about his contact with any of their children.
The investigation is ongoing, if you have any information regarding this case, please call Washington County Sheriff’s Detective Gary Wright (503-682-0452).
Source: WCSO Press Release
Editor's note: As in all cases of this nature, this is a story about an arrest, not a conviction. This individual is charged with very serious crimes and it is important that any family whose children have been in the company of this suspect should be aware, however that does not mean that the suspect is guilty and until that is determined to be the case, in a court of law, it is unknown and the individual remains innocent.
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