A rape charge Friday against a former St. Mary's School coach stems from an alleged incident involving a 38-year-old female acquaintance more than a week ago, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said Monday.

A rape charge Friday against a former St. Mary's School coach stems from an alleged incident involving a 38-year-old female acquaintance more than a week ago, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said Monday.

Victor Matoush, 40, of Medford and Jefferson, Ore., who was recently hired by South Salem High School, was arrested Friday at his new workplace on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sex abuse and coercion.

He was arraigned on the charges Monday and remained lodged in Jackson County Jail. Jackson County Circuit Judge Ron Grensky reduced his bail Monday from more than $2 million to $250,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. July 2.

The alleged rape reportedly happened June 17 at Matoush's Medford home in the 1700 block of Concord Way. Search warrants were served for both his Medford and Jefferson residences and his car. The results of those searches were not yet available Monday.

Matoush was a girls high school basketball coach for St. Mary's for the past three years before landing a post as head coach of girls varsity basketball at South Salem High School earlier this month.

Matoush was not yet on the payroll at South Salem but was holding practice Friday as a volunteer when he was arrested, said Simona Boucek, spokeswoman for Salem Keizer Public Schools. His official start date at the high school was set for September, Boucek said.

Matoush's future employment at South Salem hinges on the findings of the police investigation into the alleged rape and the outcome of the charges, she said.

"Whether or not he will be employed here next year I really can't say," Boucek said.

St. Mary's Principal Frank Phillips said Matoush never caused any problems at the private Catholic school on Black Oak Drive in Medford.

Matoush had used Phillips as a reference for securing the position at South Salem. Phillips credited Matoush with improving the St. Mary's team's performance and number of wins.

A divorce between Matoush and his wife is pending. A trial regarding spousal support is set for September.

In October 1994, Matoush was convicted of harassment. A charge of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault was dismissed at the same time.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459 or pachen@mailtribune.com.