Nike co-founder's daughter-in-law accused of sexually abusing boy

Nike co-founder's daughter-in-law accused of sexually abusing boy
Melissa Bowerman.

MADRAS, Ore. – The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman was arrested Monday and accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old member of the track team she coaches, according to the Oregon State Police.

Melissa Bowerman, 43, is the head track and field coach at Madras High School in north-central Oregon.

Oregon State Police said Bowerman was arrested at her home in Fossil, Oregon.

Police said they received a tip earlier this month that Bowerman was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a boy on the team. After an investigation, police said they identified the boy and gathered evidence that led to her arrest.

Bowerman faces charges of second-degree sexual abuse, luring a minor, online sexual corruption of a child in the second degree and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

She’s being held in the Jefferson County Jail in Madras.

This this is not the first time she's made the news for the wrong reasons. The Oregonian reported in May 2012 that Bowerman was dismissed as a volunteer track coach at Condon/Wheeler after she took a 17-year-old boy to the prom.

Police said they are concerned there may be other victims in the current investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Tips will be forwarded to the lead investigator for follow up.