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Published On: Thu, Dec 19th, 2013

Samuel Melthratter, former Oregon lifeguard arrested for sexually abuse three underage victims

A former lifeguard at Mt. Hood Community College has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing at least three underage victims while he worked at the school, officials said.

Samuel Melthratter

Samuel Melthratter

Gresham police arrested Samuel Patrick Melthratter, agev21, after a Multnomah County grand jury indicted him on multiple charges.

Melthratter was charged with third-degree sodomy, second-degree sex abuse and three counts of third-degree sex abuse.

Police believe Melthratter worked as a lifeguard for the college where he had contact with the three victims, all of whom are underage, saying the girls were ages 14, 16 and 17.  Police believe the abuse occurred during the summer.

Melthratter no longer works as a lifeguard at the school, police said. The college clarified that Melthratter was fired after the allegations surfaced. He worked as a part time lifeguard at the college’s aquatic center from March 2012 to November 2013.

Police believe there may be more victims.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Gresham Police Department.

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