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Lack of government oversight allowed sex offender and child porn suspect to coach children

Luis Trybom, 38, pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple felony charges after police accused him of taking sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old girl.

A Portland man told KATU he's happy to see a local youth soccer trainer behind bars facing child pornography charges.

On Thursday, the suspect, 38-year-old Luis Trybom, a registered sex offender, faced a judge for the first time in the case.

In court records, Portland police accuse Trybom of taking sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old girl and say there may be more victims.

Court documents also say a woman has an active protective order against him.

There's no word on whether the child pornography accusations are linked to Trybom's position as head of the Portland Soccer Academy, a youth training organization.

KATU checked with multiple agencies and found out no government authority requires private youth sports leagues or groups like Trybom's to run criminal background checks on staff members.

In court Thursday, Trybom pleaded not guilty to four counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, a Class A felony, as well as charges of luring a minor, online sexual corruption of a child and failure to report as a sex offender.

Trybom's bail is set at $1 million.

"I'm just glad to see a story like this get out there," said a man KATU is calling "Steve," who didn't want to publicly reveal his true name.

He said several years ago a woman he's in a relationship with had an unpleasant experience with Trybom after she hired him to take modeling photos.

"She kind of felt like she had no choice but to stay there. Kind of felt scared, intimidated." Steve explained. "She was very uncomfortable, eventually was able to kind of get out of there."

Steve said the woman called the police but they would not file charges due to lack of evidence.

When asked if she knew Trybom was a sex offender when she hired him, Steve said, "No. Doing a general online search back then we weren't really coming up with anything negative."

Trybom owns and runs multiple businesses including Sprout Factory, an event venue in Southeast Portland.

On Linkedin, he says he founded a group called the Portland Soccer Academy in 2008 and is its current director.

The Facebook page for the organization shows Trybom training several teenage girls.

"It's just mind-blowing that someone can go get away with, find some way around it to where they can still work with children," said Steve.

KATU also spoke with two other soccer trainers who said they worked with Trybom years ago and had no idea he's a registered sex offender.

Trybom was convicted of third-degree sex abuse in 1997, but he doesn't show up on the state's public sex offender registry.

"I think that's crazy," said Steve. "I think everyone should have a right to know if someone's a registered sex offender."

A lawyer for Trybom told KATU he had no comment on Steve's claims or the child pornography allegations.

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

Oregon has the most sex offenders per capita in the country.

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