A Forest Grove man who committed sexual misconduct with minor students he coached at La Pine High School will spend the next year in the Deschutes County jail.
Dylan Todd Sullivan pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Deschutes County Circuit Court to one count each of harassment and coercion.
Harassment is a misdemeanor. For it, Sullivan will serve 364 days in jail. Coercion is a felony. For that charge, Sullivan will serve five years of sex offender probation following his release from jail. He’ll have prison as a possible penalty for violating the conditions of his probation.
In June 2017, Sullivan was served an indictment containing seven sex-related criminal counts said to have occurred between 2013 and 2015, when Sullivan was a substitute teacher at La Pine High School and an assistant basketball coach.
At the time, Sullivan was 24 and 25 — his two victims were 16. One girl reported an instance of sexual contact, when Sullivan touched her buttocks.
“Essentially, with both girls, he was having phone calls and text exchanges with them that were sexual in nature,” said prosecutor Jason Kropf.
On several occasions, he asked the girls to send suggestive or nude photos. In one instance, on a school trip, he asked the girls to kiss for a photograph.
Sullivan lives in Forest Grove. His parents and sister attended Tuesday’s hearing. His victims did not attend the hearing.
Sullivan wrote to the state during plea negotiations asking to surrender his teaching license for life. He’s been attending therapy sessions since the case began, said Josh Ewing, his lawyer.
“He’s a good young man who has accepted responsibility and is trying to move forward in the right way,” Ewing said.
Sullivan told Judge A. Michael Adler he “won’t be in this situation again.”
“I just wanted to apologize for this situation,” Sullivan said. “I’m ready to face my consequences, and not only apologize to the court and the district attorney’s office, but also the victims in the case, as well as my family and friends.”
He asked Adler if he could delay reporting directly to jail so he could eat lunch with his family. Adler suggested he report to jail at 3 p.m.
One reason Sullivan’s case took so long to adjudicate is his first attorney, Donald Scott Upham, caused a scene at a motion hearing in March, storming out of the courthouse building to protest a judge’s decision, leaving Sullivan alone in the courtroom.
In response, the Oregon State Bar brought a complaint against Upham. That complaint was dismissed by the bar’s disciplinary counsel in July.
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