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Grand jury charges indicts South Medford teacher

A grand jury has indicted a former South Medford High School PE teacher and assistant wrestling coach on felony charges following allegations he sexually abused a female student.

Noah Scott Berman, 30, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and four counts of third-degree sexual abuse, according to a press release issued by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

The grand jury also indicted Berman, who was arrested in May, with a single felony count of witness tampering on accusations he instructed the victim not to disclose the abuse to investigators.

The hearing drew from the testimony of one Medford police detective, according to Deputy District Attorney Zori Cook, who is prosecuting the case.

Berman’s first appearance in Jackson County Circuit Court on the charges is currently scheduled for July 7.

Medford police say the teacher began an inappropriate relationship with the student in November and it eventually became “sexual in nature.”

On April 25, police received an anonymous tip online through SafeOregon.org about Berman and the student, and Berman was placed on paid administrative leave within two days.

Berman was a champion Phoenix High School wrestler, winning state titles in 2007 and 2008, according to Mail Tribune archives.

Noah Scott Berman faces felony sexual abuse and witness tampering charges on accusations he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student. Medford police photo.