Portland, Oregon Basketball Coach Charged With Sexual Abuse, Paid for Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 25, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Portland, Oregon Basketball Coach Charged With Sexual Abuse, Paid for Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 25
, 2009

Lake Oswego, OR (LifeNews.com) — A high school basketball coach near Portland, Oregon has been charged with five counts of sexual abuse involving a 17-year-old girl he oversaw as a coach. Police arrested Howard Avery, 51, and charged him with three counts of sexual abuse and other charges.

The court documents make it clear that the sexual acts were done without consent and involve statutory rape since the girl is underage.

The acts weren’t the first time since Avery admitted to the Oregonian newspaper in years past that he had sexual relationships with other students.

He said he had a sexual relationship with one student in the 1990s and paid for her to have an abortion when she became pregnant as a result.

Sexual abusers frequently use abortions in an attempt to hide evidence of their crimes and there is no record of where the abortion was done or whether staff at the abortion center checked to see if the girl had been a victim of sexual abuse.

KGW-TV indicated the statute of limitations had run out on those cases and Avery couldn’t be charged in connection with them.

The station indicated Avery would appear in court on Friday and that a grand jury is considering further charges. Bail has been set at $250,000.

Abortion has long been connected with sexual abuse and recently Planned Parenthood has been in the news when its staff have covered up potential cases.

UCLA student Lila Rose shot video footage of Planned Parenthood staffers in Arizona covering up a case of sexual abuse.

In the video, Rose and her friend Jackie Stollar enter a Tucson Planned Parenthood clinic where Rose tells the nurse that Stollar, posing as a 15-year-old, is pregnant by her 27-year-old boyfriend.

The nurse disregards the age difference and goes as far as cautioning Stollar not to bring her "boyfriend" before the judicial hearing required in Arizona to waive parental consent for an abortion.

Rose contends the negligence shown by the Planned Parenthood staffer is unlawful.

"Is he not a minor?" the Planned Parenthood nurse, who identifies herself as Araceli, asks.

When Rose says, "He’s 27," the nurse urges the girls not to bring him to the hearing: "I wouldn’t take him with me, no. I mean: don’t take him."

The video provides what Rose says is more evidence of a multi-state pattern of abuse and disregard for laws designed to protect minors by having medical personnel report alleged cases of statutory rape to state or local officials.

"These videos demonstrate that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is entrenched in an organization-wide policy of circumventing state law and covering up the sexual abuse of young girls," Rose said.

Other videos Rose has release show Planned Parenthood centers in other states engaged in potentially illegal actions.

The first video Rose released showed a Bloomington, Indiana Planned Parenthood purposefully not telling state officials of a potential case of sexual abuse and staff members urging Rose to get a secret abortion in another state. That led to the firing of one staff member.

A second video, involving an Indianapolis Planned Parenthood, saw the same coverup and it resulted in one staff member resigning her position.

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