PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — — East Multnomah County Schools are warning moms and dads about a supposed pedophile who worked and volunteered at a popular Outdoor School program that some local students participate in.
Jared Kelly White, 23, is being held on $13.5 million bail after a Multnomah County grand jury indicted him on 54 felony sex crimes involving kids. White was arraigned Jan. 28 and he was detained Feb. 3 at a residence near Southeast 126th Avenue and Bush Street.
Via a taped message, the Reynolds School District called parents whose kids attended the Outdoor School sessions where White worked. The message stated a comprehensive letter would follow. Reynolds is sending out the letters in multiple languages. The district likewise published a notice on its web page.
“We’re tryingattempting to see to it people know,” said Andrea Watson, the Reynolds district’s director of interactions.
Gresham-Barlow School District likewise published a notification on its websites with a letter from the Multnomah Educational Services District, which runs the Outdoor School.
“We have actually sent a letter to all the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade households,” stated James Hiu, deputy superintendent at Gresham-Barlow schools.
The letter was provided through email for families with an e-mail address, and a printed copy was sent to families who have not offered an email address to the district, Hiu said.
District authorities are advising households with concerns to call the Portland Authorities Bureau.
The Centennial School District has not taken parttaken part in Outdoor School for a number of years.
“At MESD, the safety of students is our first top priority, and we work continually to do all we can to make sure that they have a safe, efficient knowing experience,” the MESD letter said. “In this case, we took every preventative measure and still had someone working in our program who needs to not have actually been working with kids.”
The letter also said the known victims were acquaintances of White and not students who went to Outdoor School. Investigators, however, stated there might be more victims.
White appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court Feb 3, and pleaded not guilty to 15 counts of first-degree sodomy, 28 counts of first-degree sex abuse and 11 counts of first-degree illegal sexual penetration.
According to his Facebook page, White was an Outdoor School program leader and posted several photos with young childrenlittle ones in them. In 2014, he posted a message stating he’s wanted the job at the school for five years “and now I’ve lastly made it.”
Laura Conroy, spokesperson for MESD, said: “We are working closely with our districts and schools to notify parents of students who went to outdoor school at the Sandy River, Namanu, Arrah Wan na and Adams sites throughout the time that Mr. White was a student leader, a volunteer, or an employee.”
Conroy said White worked there from March 2014 to October 2015– when the examination started. He was likewise a volunteer in 2011 and 2013, and student leader in 2008 and 2011, the MESD letter said.
“All our employees have to pass a background check,” she noted. “Unfortunately in this case, Mr. White didn’t have a record, so nothing came up.”
KOIN separately validated White has no previous rap sheet.
The Multnomah County Kid Abuse Team conducted three separate investigations in 2015 into allegations of abuse that started in December 2007 and continued through September 2013.
The juvenile victims have been recognized, Portland cops stated, noting they aren’t associated with White but are known to him. White also worked at an event child care company.
MESD has extra safeguards in location for outside school, which consist ofthat include not enabling adults in the cabin with students and seeing to it people are always in groups of 3.
Any individual with info about Jared White or added possible victims are advised to contact Portland Cops Bureau Investigator Nathan Tobey at 503-823-0276 or email at Nathan.email@example.com.
The Portland Tribune is a KOIN media affiliate.