Pacific University VP arrested for sex abuse
Michael Mallery indicted on seven counts involving youths from same family
A Pacific University administrator surrendered to Washington County sheriff's deputies Tuesday, Jan. 21, following an eight-month investigation into allegations he sexually abused two underage family members.
Last May, sheriff's detectives received a report from the Department of Human Services that Michael Mallery, 48 vice president for finance and administration at the Forest Grove college had inappropriately touched an 11-year-old family member.
"One of the DHS workers was familiar with Mr. Mallery and recalled the same allegation was made against (him) by another family member in 2010, who is now 15 years of age," said Sgt. Vance Stimler, the sheriff's office spokesman.
No charges were filed at that time.
With the assistance of CARES Northwest, the 11-year-old was interviewed about the alleged inappropriate touching. "These cases are often complex and detectives conducted additional follow-up," Stimler said.
Early this month, a Washington County grand jury indicted Mallery on seven counts of first-degree sex abuse in connection with the investigation.
Mallery was lodged in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $175,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.
University officials confirmed Mallery came to Pacific from Oregon Health & Science University in 2010 and that they knew about his arrest.
"Pacific University is aware of the alleged charges against Vice President Mike Mallery," said Joe Lang, director of media relations. "Mike requested and was granted personal leave, and the university is supportive of him during these legal proceedings."