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Child porn charges put former St. Helens soccer coach behind bars

Ryoma Ajisawa, who coached the Lions for three seasons, is in the custody of the Washington County Sheriff's Office


Ryoma AjisawaFormer St. Helens High School soccer coach Ryoma Ajisawa has been arrested on a total of 30 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, and is currently in the custody of the Washington County Sheriff's office on $300,000 bail.

Encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, which is a class B federal offense, deals with visual recordings of sexually explicit conduct involving children – child pornography. It's the sole focus of a Beaverton-based team of law enforcement agents who typically handle computer-crimes in which violators download or distribute child porn.

Ajisawa was originally arrested on July 31 on 20 counts with bail set at $30,000, but was released the same day on bail. On Aug. 7, Ajisawa was arrested on 10 additional counts, and bail was set to the current level.

Ajisawa, who grew up in Tokyo and played collegiate soccer at Lane Community College and the University of Oregon, was the girls' soccer coach at St. Helens High School from 2010 to 2012, when he took over the boys' program for a season. Ajisawa was replaced by Oscar Monteblanco after one year.

Former St. Helens Athletics Director Cyndy Miller, who oversaw the athletic department during Ajisawa's tenure, could not be reached for comment before press deadline.

The lead investigators in the case also weren't able to return the Spotlight's request for details before press deadline.

St. Helens High School recently hired a new soccer coach for the boys' program, the third in three years, and the first hire for new Athletics Director Matt Morgan in his first few months on the job.

While Morgan admitted he didn't know much about Ajisawa or his time in St. Helens, he did express his disappointment at hearing the news.

“It's always troubling when you hear about that kind of thing,” he said.

Ajisawa's court date has been set for Aug. 25.