OREGON CITY, Ore. -- The head football coach at Oregon City High School was arrested for allegedly stealing a former student's watch.

The student called police Tuesday and said a watch he had lost a few months ago was spotted in a Clackamas County pawn shop, according to Sgt. Matthew Paschall of the Oregon City Police Department.

An Oregon City patrol officer recovered the stolen watch and identified the theft suspect as Oregon City High School teacher and head football coach, Kevin Strasser, Paschall said.

I thought me and the teacher were cool, but sometimes you just don't know people, the 18-year old victim, who didn't want to be identified, told KGW Wednesday.

He said he lost the glitzy watch somewhere at school, and when he asked Strasser about it, the teacher explained he'd seen it but didn't have the watch.

I don't know what to think. I want to be mad at him, but to me he was a nice guy, and I don't know what to think, the student said.

Strasser arrived at Oregon City with great fan-fare after coaching in the college and pro ranks.

Students and team boosters hoped he'd turn this program around.

He was a good coach. He came here last year. He was actually a professional coach, one student said.

The district suspended Strasser. He won't be on the field or in the classroom until his legal issues are sorted out.

Police found Strasser at his home and arrested him on charges of theft and official misconduct. He was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on $15,000 bail.


KGW reporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report.

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