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West Salem High School Basketball Coach Arrested For Sex Offenses

Because of Berger's access to children through his coaching there are concerns there could be other victims.

Girls basketball coach Emrance Berger
30-year old Emrance Berger

(SALEM) - The Salem Police Department is conducting an investigation into allegations that girls basketball coach Emrance Berger, 30 years of age, had engaged in inappropriate sexual relations with a female student under the age of sixteen.

Berger has been the assistant varsity coach and th e head junior varsity coach. As a result of the investigation, Berger is being booked into the Polk County Jail.

He is charged with Sodomy III and Sex Abuse II by a Coach.

Because of Berger's access to children through his coaching there are concerns there could be other victims. Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to telephone Detective Jeff Staples at (503)540-2351.

Source: Salem Police Dept.

Note: Regardless of the arrest, Mr. Emrance Berger has only been arrested and charged, he is not necessarily guilty. Cases like this are devastating for all families involved, Emrance Berger will be tried for the charges against him. It is important to note that similar cases in the past have led to not guilty verdicts.




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Salem Voyuer May 11, 2014 10:23 pm (Pacific time)

Window peeping is a crime.


disbelief March 26, 2014 11:50 am (Pacific time)

i grew up with Em in middle school and at South High... He never came across to me as a pervert or even overtly sexual, actually the exact oppossite he was a religious kid involved in young life. I pray for his sake and the girls around him that this all gets cleared up and straightened out.


Anonymous February 12, 2014 7:04 pm (Pacific time)

Emerance has been a girls basketball coach since at least 2003. In 2003/2004 he was the head Freshman Girls Coach with little supervision during practices and games. Salem Keizer is stating he was hired in 2012. Makes you wonder what the qualification and back ground checks were for him to be coaching girls if he wasn't officially a hired coach? He was left with limited supervision and monitoring as the upper gym where practices took place wasn't visible for head basketball coach from the main lower gym. People were warned of inappropriate behaviors 10 years ago. This is what can happen when there isn't supervision, appropriate training, and warnings aren't listened to by arrogant males.


LBS February 12, 2014 11:38 am (Pacific time)

ahs: he never taught Health or P.E. at West Salem High School - he was only a coach. Get your facts straight and don't spread lies. I'll be praying for your ignorance.


ahs February 12, 2014 10:46 am (Pacific time)

WOW!!!!! that is so funny that he got charged for that i am really happy that they found out for sure that we was a nasty man to these teen age girl at the West Salem High school i am so happy he was my Health teacher and my P.E teacher in 2010 i new that he was a pervert and some other kids did as well because how he looked at all the girls while he made us run during are P.E class. he is one of the reasons why i stopped my P.e class because i felt a vibe that he was not safe.. i am so glad that all the girls what he did to are okay and ill be praying for them and pray that the lord will be healing over those girls and keep them safe.

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