Ore. exchange program sued in abuse case

Ore. exchange program sued in abuse case

Ore. exchange program sued in abuse case

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 24 at 11:38 AM

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A Beaverton exchange school program is being sued for negligence after a foreign exchange student was sexually abused by his host.

In 2010, 50-year-old Beaverton youth lacrosse coach Craig Ley was arrested for 10 counts of sex abuse against a 16-year-old exchange student he was hosting. Ley pleaded guilty to four counts.

A lawsuit alleges that exchange school program Pacific Intercultural Exchange repeatedly approved Ley's applications to host exchange students between 2003 and 2010, despite several negative reports.

A group called the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests held a demonstration in Portland Monday to bring attention to the lawsuit. The group was also asking that the PIE case worker in charge of students' safety be fired, and that their background checks and approval methods be investigated.

"In one report, Ley’s former mother-in-law found child pornography on Ley’s computer," said Barb Dorris of SNAP. "She reported the incident to the school officials and was ignored."

"In another incident, Ley’s daughter attacked a student," Dorris added. "The incident was reported to school officials, but they continued to place students in Ley’s home."

The victim will be represented by Portland attorney Erin Olsen.

Background: Beaverton coach accused of sex abuse

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