Oregon Christian School Coaches David & Rachel Wakefield Arrested for Allegedly Raping Child on Their Own Basketball Team

Oregon Christian School Coaches David & Rachel Wakefield Arrested for Allegedly Raping Child on Their Own Basketball Team

David and Rachel Wakefield, a husband-and-wife coaching team, have been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a student-athlete over a four-year period, causing shockwaves across the close-knit town of Mulino, Oregon. The allegations have tainted David Wakefield’s legacy, a revered figure in local sporting circles, and have left the community grieving.

David Wakefield, 60, and Rachel Wakefield, 54, were seized on Wednesday, February 28th, after claims of wrongdoing involving an underage female on the Damascus Christian girls basketball team. The abuse is believed to have occurred between January 2013 and June 2017, during the Wakefields’ tenure as team coaches.

He faces 20 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, while she is charged with 11 counts of the same offense. Both individuals are currently being held at the Clackamas County Jail after being arrested at their Mulino home.

Despite the gravity of the allegations, the Wakefields have categorically denied all wrongdoing. In a joint statement released by their defense attorneys, Barry Engle and Zach Stern, the couple expressed their innocence and firm conviction in their eventual vindication. It should be emphasized, however, that the Wakefields have been aware of the charges since 2021, which has prompted concerns about their response to the accusations.

David’s prominence in the local sports scene adds a layer of complexity to the case. A stalwart figure at Damascus Christian, he commanded respect as both a coach and a teacher, amassing an impressive record over his 16-season tenure, which included two championship victories in 2013 and 2015. Rachel stood by his side as his co-coach, contributing to the team’s success and actively participating in fundraising efforts for the school and community events.

The timing of the charges, which came during a period of triumph and recognition for the Damascus Christian girls basketball program, has left many people feeling betrayed and disbelieving. The next jury trial in April promises to throw more light on the situation, but for the time being, the community is divided, and the Wakefields’ future is uncertain. 

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