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'A horrific thing to find': Ex-roommate describes pics in soccer trainer's sex abuse case

Luis Trybom (inset) shared a home in Northeast Portland with a woman KATU is calling "Chelsea."

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A woman, who police say found disturbing evidence in a sex abuse and child pornography case, told KATU she had no idea her former roommate was a registered sex offender.

The suspect, Luis Trybom, 38, is also a local youth soccer trainer.

KATU broke the story of his arrest last Wednesday. At that time he faced just four charges.

Now, Trybom is charged with 21 crimes including four counts of third-degree sex abuse, 10 counts of child pornography (encouraging child sex abuse in the first degree), luring a minor, failure to report as a sex offender and four counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, a Class A felony.

In court documents, Portland police say Trybom took nude and explicit photos of a 17-year-old girl after she allegedly told him she was uncomfortable with the process. The documents also say Trybom touched the girl to "adjust" her clothing and that text messages show she told him her age. Officers also say Trybom asked the girl to send him photos displaying her chest, cleavage and backside and used coded language to ask her to be a sex slave.

"He is a scary man and he deserves to be in jail forever," said a woman KATU is calling "Chelsea," who didn't want to publicly reveal her real name.

Police say Chelsea found several photos of the girl on a thumb drive in a home she shared with Trybom on Northeast Schuyler Street.

"They were just lewd and pornographic and a horrific thing to find," Chelsea explained.

She said she made the discovery after police came to the house in October and she later learned Trybom was a sex offender.

She said she packed up her things in the kitchen and accidentally took the thumb drive from a junk drawer.

"I moved in with him in January of last year," said Chelsea, explaining that she'd met Trybom through Craigslist before moving to Portland from San Francisco. "He seemed great. He's really personable. He can turn on the charm. ... He worked with children. I was really impressed with that. He had all of these great accolades when he told me about himself. Of course, I googled him. I didn't find anything negative at that time."

Chelsea also said she checked the state's public sex offender registry before moving in and Trybom wasn't on it.

As KATU has reported, due to complex legal requirements, Oregon currently only publicly lists about 2 percent of the state's nearly 29,000 sex offenders, far below neighboring states.


"I feel pretty angry," said Chelsea. "I feel like the system is supposed to be set up to protect us and make us feel safe and because of paperwork or sex offenders' rights we aren't protected."

Chelsea said she learned about Trybom's status as a sex offender when she called Oregon State Police in October after Portland officers showed up at her home.

There's no word if Trybom's charges are linked to his work as director of the Portland Soccer Academy, a youth training organization. Photos on the group's Facebook page show Trybom training several teenage girls. On Linkedin he claims to have founded the group in 2008.

"What's scarier is that he can be so personable and so charming," Chelsea said. "And he's literally like living next to the devil. He is a scary man."

Police say they were tipped off to the case by a school social worker who the girl confided in, and that they were investigating her claims when Chelsea gave them the thumb drive.

KATU found out the government does not require private youth sports leagues or groups like Trybom's to run criminal background checks on staff members in Oregon.

Trybom was previously convicted of third-degree sex abuse in 1997.

Oregon has the most sex offenders per capita in the U.S.

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