- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A youth wrestling coach who has worked with hundreds of children in the Portland area was arrested on accusations he sexually abused six boys, the authorities said Friday.

Wyatt DeRemer, 25, of Gresham was booked into a Portland jail on charges of first-degree sexual abuse. Bail was set at $1.75 million and court records indicate he does not yet have a lawyer.

The Gresham-Barlow School District said DeRemer served as an assistant coach at Gresham High last school year and has also worked with wrestlers at the middle-school level.

“We are shocked and concerned about these charges,” Gresham High Principal John Koch said. “We will be doing all we can to support our student.”

Gresham police said their investigation began three weeks ago, when parents of a high school student reported that the coach had inappropriate contact with their son. Police said the coach confessed to investigators that he abused six boys between 2009 and 2012.

The boys were between the ages of 10 and 13 when the alleged abuse occurred. Two of the victims are believed to have been abused overseas.

Police said it does not appear any children were abused on schools grounds.

Two children are believed to have been abused in DeRemer’s car while he was driving them home, police said. Other alleged incidents happened on an overnight camping trip for a wrestling event and in the basement where DeRemer lives at his mother’s house.

Police said they are concerned there are more victims. DeRemer recently worked as an in-home health care provider for the state Department of Human Services, working with developmentally disabled children.

He has also worked as a volunteer firefighter for the Boring Fire District, an assistant event coordination for a local muscular dystrophy association and as a youth ski and snowboard instruction for Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

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