PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman has been arrested, accused of sex abuse offenses involving a 17-year-old boy on a track and field team she coaches at a central Oregon high school.
Oregon State Police say they arrested 43-year-old Melissa Bowerman on Monday at her home in Fossil, Oregon. She was taken to the Jefferson County Jail and booked for investigation of three felony counts – luring a minor, second-degree sexual abuse and second-degree online sexual corruption of a child.
The Oregonian reports that her husband, Jon Bowerman, says authorities served a search warrant at the couple’s house and searched his wife’s computers, cameras and other belongings. Jon Bowerman says he’s in a “state of shock” and adds he loves his wife “and still will no matter how this thing turns out.” The 76-year-old Bowerman says he helped his wife coach the Madras High School track team. She’s expected to have a court appearance Tuesday.
In May 2012, Melissa Bowerman was dismissed as the volunteer Condon/Wheeler high school track coach after she escorted a 17-year-old boy to a prom. She called that an error in judgment.
The late Bill Bowerman co-founded Nike with Phil Knight.