As of Friday, May 24, 2013
Angela Lindell, a former athletic coach at Dufur School District, has spent most of the week in jail for twice violating her probation by consuming alcohol.
Lindell, 25, was directed Monday by Wasco County Circuit Judge Paul Crowley to report to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities May 21 for a five-day stay. He also warned that if she returned to his courtroom with a third probation violation that he would impose a much more stringent penalty.
In addition to being incarcerated, Lindell was directed to join the community correction’s work crew for five days.
“This was a fairly standard sanction for this type of probation violation,” said Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley. “If it happens again, the sanction will be much more serious. I can’t say what that would be because I can’t predict the future but I hope it doesn’t happen.”
Lindell pleaded guilty a little more than one year ago to three counts of sexual harassment and one count of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, all misdemeanor offenses.
She was charged in August 2011 with engaging in sexual acts over the course of one year – from February 2010 to the same month in 2011 — with three different underage males in Dufur. She travelled with the boys and girls varsity basketball teams from that school district and helped keep stats at the games, which is where she met the victims.
She was also accused by Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield of the same inappropriate behavior in 2008 that involved a teenage male. The cases in the two counties were consolidated. Wasco County took the lead on enforcing probation conditions for Lindell, who now lives in Washington County.
After admitting to the crimes, Lindell was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and directed by Crowley to register as a sex offender for 10 years. That condition can be removed after a decade if she successfully completes drug and alcohol treatment, or sex offender counseling as directed by the court and stays away from minors, among other conditions.
The family of one victim filed a lawsuit in 2012 against the Dufur School District for failure to protect their son, who was 16 when he was seduced and sexually abused by Lindell. The suit seeks more than $1.8 million in damages, the same amount being legally demanded from Perrydale, where Lindell had been a part-time employee and volunteer coach.
The civil case filed Sept. 28 alleges that Perrydale officials received notice of a rumored inappropriate relationship between Lindell and a minor male student and did not conduct an investigation. If the school district had taken action, the victim’s family says the abuse in Dufur might never have taken place.