Bowerman accused of sex crimes with teen track athlete

Bowerman accused of sex crimes with teen track athlete
Melissa Bowerman

FOSSIL, Ore. - The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder and famed Oregon coach Bill Bowerman faces accusations she had an unlawful relationship with a 17-year-old boy on the Madras High School track team she coached.

Oregon State Police arrested Melissa Bowerman, 43, on Monday at her home in Fossil.

She faces charges of:

  • Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree (class C felony)
  • Luring a Minor (class C felony)
  • Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the Second Degree (class C felony)
  • Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor (class A misdemeanor)

Bowerman and her husband, Jon, took on coaching duties at Madras High School after she was dismissed from her coaching post at Condon/Wheeler for attending prom with a 17-year-old student in 2012.

Bowerman said at the time she went to the prom because the boy felt bad that he lacked a date and had been struggling in English class. The boy's father said he gave Bowerman permission to take his son to the dance.

State police started investigating possible sex crimes involving Bowerman earlier this month.

Troopers said they identified the male and developed evidence that led to Bowerman's arrest related to alleged unlawful conduct since May 2014. 

State police said investigators are concerned there may possibly have been other victims. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call 1-800-452-7888. Tips will be forwarded to the lead investigator for follow up.