Wil-Hi athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing student

EUGENE, Ore. - The athletic trainer at Willamette High School faces acccusations he sexually abused a student.

Timothy Schley, 29, turned himself in at the Eugene Police station at 1 p.m. Thursday. Police booked Schley into the Lane County Jail on a charge of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree.

The Eugene Police school resource team started investigating a report of sex abuse of a minor by Schley on February 7, police said.

The Bethel School District initially put Schley on paid administrative leave.

The district said that Schley has since offered his resignation. The district did not accept it, instead moving forward with an official termination, which is still in progress.

Police did not say when or where the alleged abuse occured, or what sport the victim participated in.

Police said they have intentionally concealed the identity of the victim in hopes that any other victims will fell more comfortable coming forward.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call Eugene Police School Resource Team Officer Steve Timm at 541-689-0731, ext. 4097.

Schley has worked at Willamette in the Bethel School District since 2009.

Prior to then, Schley worked as a graduate Athletic Trainer for Oregon Ducks football in 2008-09 and as Athletic Trainer for Springfield High School in 2007-08.

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This letter was posted on the Willamette High School website on Thursday afternoon:

Dear Willamette Families,

I wanted to alert you to a situation involving an employee at our school. Tim Schley, who has worked as an athletic trainer at Willamette since 2009, was arrested today on a sexual abuse charge involving a WHS student.

Upon learning of the accusations against Mr. Schley on February 7, Bethel School District immediately put him on leave and restricted him from all Bethel School District property and from communicating with students or staff pending the outcome of a law enforcement investigation. The District has worked side by side with law enforcement and is moving ahead with termination rather than accepting Mr. Schley's offer of a resignation.

The District and police investigation will be continuing and Willamette's School Resource Officer, Steve Timm (541-689-0731 ext. 4097) is interested in speaking with any students or former students who may have knowledge of inappropriate contact with Mr. Schley.

While we cannot comment on the specifics of the allegations or the police investigation, we can assure you that nothing is more important to this school and District than the safety and well-being of each of our students. Willamette's counselors and other staff are prepared to work with students in the days ahead, as needed.

It is also important that we all avoid rumors and speculation, which are hurtful to victims and violate the culture of our school and District.

If you have questions or concerns, share them with me or another Willamette administrator. As always, we encourage all of our students to report any concern to administrators, a school counselor, or other trusted adults in the school.

Mindy Le Roux
Willamette Principal