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Basketball coach arrested for alleged sexual abuse

December 15, 2020 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A high school varsity girls basketball coach has been arrested on suspicion of sex abuse.

Lisa DeFluri, 31, was arrested by Springfield Police Monday morning and booked into Lane County Jail, The Register-Guard reported.

DeFluri has not yet been arraigned and officially charged in court. Three pending charges are listed related to her arrest, all for felony second-degree sex abuse. It wasn’t immediately known if she has an attorney to comment on the case.

DeFluri has been head coach of the Thurston High School girls basketball team since 2018 and is also listed on the school’s website as a 10th grade teacher for English and English support classes.

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Springfield School District placed DeFluri on paid administrative leave Dec. 8 in coordination with a police department investigation, spokesperson Jen McCulley said.

It is paid administrative leave “pending any investigation in accordance with due process,” McCulley said.

Springfield police notified the district of the arrest on Monday, she said. District officials notified Thurston High families of DeFluri’s leave last week and also notified them of the Monday’s arrest.

Following the close of the criminal investigation, the district also will do its own investigation, McCulley said.