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Oregon Basketball coach facing federal charges for sexual exploitation of a child

Written by on March 17, 2022

Updated: March 17, 2022 9:00PM PST

EUGENE, Ore.—A Portland man who serves as the head men’s basketball coach at Mt. Hood Community College and as an educational assistant at Hall Elementary School, both in Gresham, Oregon, is facing federal charges for soliciting and receiving sexually explicit images from a minor he met at a high school basketball camp.

Nathan Ezell Bowie, 35, has been charged by federal criminal complaint with sexually exploiting a child, coercion and enticement, and receipt of child pornography.

According to in-court statements, after holding a high school basketball camp in Douglas County, Oregon, Bowie is alleged to have communicated on social media with a minor female. Bowie solicited and received sexually explicit images from the child and threatened to disclose them to others if she did not send more. Bowie also discussed meeting the minor in person.

On March 16, 2022, he was transferred from state to federal custody to make his first appearance in federal court. A detention hearing will be held on March 18, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was first investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and FBI Portland’s Eugene Resident Agency Office will assume the ongoing investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Bowie is still listed as Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mt. Hood Community College on the school’s website.

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