Daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder arrested for sex abuse

Melissa Bowerman, 43, is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage athlete whom she was coaching. CBS affiliate KOIN

PORTLAND, Ore. - Melissa Bowerman, the daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, was arrested Monday on sex abuse charges involving a 17-year-old boy on a track and field team she coached at a central Oregon high school.

Oregon State Police say they arrested 43-year-old Melissa Bowerman at her home in Fossil, Oregon. She was taken to the Jefferson County Jail and booked for investigation of three felony counts - luring a minor, second-degree sexual abuse and second-degree online sexual corruption of a child.

The Oregonian reports that her husband, 76-year-old Jon Bowerman, says authorities served a search warrant at the couple's house and searched his wife's computers, cameras and other belongings.

Jon Bowerman says he's in a "state of shock" and adds he loves his wife "and still will no matter how this thing turns out." Jon Bowerman says he helped his wife coach the Madras High School track team.

She's expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

In May 2012, Melissa Bowerman was dismissed as the volunteer Condon/Wheeler high school track coach after she escorted a 17-year-old boy to a prom. She called that an error in judgment.

The late Bill Bowerman co-founded Nike with Phil Knight.

  • Crimesider Staff

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