A high school teacher in Oregon was arrested when he was accused of sexually violating another instructor who works at the educational institution.
56-year-old Matthew Lenoue is from Spokane, Washington, but he currently resides and works in Dallas, Oregon. He is employed by the Dallas School District as a special education teacher at Dallas High School.
On June 11, the Dallas Police Department was notified by the Dallas School District Administration. They reported a possible sexual assault incident between a male and female teacher that allegedly occurred on the high school campus prior to the start of the school day.
Officers were sent to the school to follow up on the claims.
The police spoke with Lenoue, who was named as the perpetrator in the report they received, about the allegations.
During their investigation, the authorities reportedly learned that Lenoue had touched a female teacher against her will, and in an inappropriate manner. They believed they had enough probable cause to purport that the man may have performed the acts of which he was accused.
Lenoue was booked into the Polk County Jail on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and three counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He was incarcerated on a $100,000 bond, but he is no longer on the inmate roster.
At this point in the investigation, the authorities reported that they do not believe there are any other victims, and they do not believe any students were involved.
The Dallas School District reported that some time before the alleged event, Lenoue had given notice expressing his intention to resign from his position at the end of the 2021 school year. He is currently on administrative leave as a result of the accusations. The school district has lent its support to the investigation.
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