Police arrested Woodburn High School’s head football coach Monday on multiple sex abuse allegations involving an underage student.
Nicholas Federico, 38, of Salem faces four counts of sex abuse, four counts of official misconduct and one count of online sexual corruption of a child, authorities said in a news release. Federico is on administrative leave “pending the outcome of the investigation,” according to a statement from the Woodburn School District.
Federico teaches physical education at the school in addition to his work as football coach. He has worked for the Woodburn School District since 2011. He was arrested at the school on Monday morning, Marion County Sgt. Jeremy Landers said.
Nicholas Federico was arrested and charged with sexual abuse charges.
Officers first received a tip in July about a video depicting Frederico in an “intimate act” that was circulating on Instagram, sheriff’s officials said.
Investigators then discovered that the teacher had messaged at least one Woodburn High School student using the social media app Snapchat, sheriff’s officials said. The communications started an intimate physical relationship, they said. The student was in high school at the time and is no longer a student, Landers said.
In a news release, the Woodburn School District said that it “understands that the school community will experience a range of emotions” and that it will provide available resources to support students, their families and staff.
Frederico is being held in the Marion County Jail and will be arraigned Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court.
Detectives ask that anyone with information on the case call 503-540-8079.