Police: Coach raped cheerleader

Police: Coach raped cheerleader
David Chatman

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A cheerleading coach who is a registered sex offender faces accusations he raped a 17-year-old cheerleader while she was unconscious under the influence of prescription medicine.

David A. Chatman, 38, faces charges of first degree rape and second degree sex abuse by a coach.

The alleged rape took place in September 2012 but didn't come to light until the teen's mother contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in March.

Police in Corvallis took over the case since the crime allegedly happened at Chatman's Corvallis apartment.

The teen said she went to Corvallis to visit Chatman, who coached her at a cheerleading school in Tualitan, Oregon.

She told investigators that before going to bed, she took prescription medicine that knocks her out. She said she awoke to find Chatman on top of her. "He was raping me," the teen told investigators, according to court documents.

The girl provided police with the underwear she was wearing at the time. A crime lab analysis has not yet been completed.

Police arrested Chatman after interviewing him. He acknowledged that the girl came to stay with him in September. He told police he thought the girl was 19 and that the sex was consensual, according to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court after Chatman's arrest.

Chatman was arraigned Monday. He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

He is a registered sex offender based on a 2007 incident on an airplane involving a 16-year-old cheerleader, according to police. He was convicted in federal court of touching the girl as she slept on a plane.