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Youth soccer trainer charged with 21 child sex crimes released as new details emerge

Luis Trybom, 38, appears on a monitor in a Multnomah County courtroom.

On Monday, KATU talked with the father of a sex offender who was just released from jail while facing more than 20 child sex crime charges.

The suspect, 38-year-old Luis Trybom, is a local youth soccer trainer as KATU reported when breaking the story in June.

There's no word whether the charges Trybom faces are related to his work as a soccer trainer.

But new court records reveal many more stunning details in the case.

Trybom was released from the Multnomah County jail on Friday. He's now living with his father and grandmother in Milwaukie.

A KATU crew talked with his father, Michael Trybom, near their home on Southeast Silver Springs Road.

"They're all accusations ..."

Elizabeth Ebensteiner said she was sexually assaulted by Luis Trybom at La Salle High School in Milwaukie 20 years ago.

For the crime, he was convicted of third-degree sex abuse.

"It makes me sick to know that he can come out," Ebensteiner said on Monday. "Back in 1997, he told me that if I told anybody he would kill me. ... I don't feel entirely safe right now."

Last month, Trybom pleaded not guilty to 21 child sex crime charges in a Multnomah County courtroom. They include multiple counts of sex abuse, child pornography and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, a Class A felony.

In court documents, police say Trybom took nude and explicit photos of a 17-year-old girl he met while waiting for a bus. They also say text messages show the girl told him her age and that he used coded language to ask her to be a sex slave.

In a court filing, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says a detective found Trybom "to be associated with 11 other cases of similar reports involving young adult women." But none of those cases resulted in criminal charges.

Despite the DA's concerns, on Friday, a judge lowered Trybom's bail from $1,237,500 to $50 thousand, which he posted.

KATU spoke with Trybom's father, Michael Trybom, outside his Milwaukie home. He said he adopted Luis from Colombia when he was 4 years old.

"They're all accusations and that's all they are at this point in time," Michael said. "He's had two incidents, one while in high school 20 years ago and then the current situation that's currently going on. So that's the two incidents. I don't see that as a pattern. ... He's a wonderful young man. He has worked for me and he has been in the community. He has been involved with Rebuild Portland, he's helped the homeless. He's done numerous different community events for the last 10 or 15 years."

A KATU reporter talked with Michael about the fact that Luis worked with girls for years as the director of the Portland Soccer Academy.

When asked if he would want a child of his own being coached or trained by a registered sex offender, Michael said, "Of course not, but he has been. He paid his price back then 20 years ago."

Two soccer trainers who worked with Luis Trybom told KATU in July that they were unaware of any of the charges against him.

Trybom is now under supervision by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office's Close Street Supervision program.

Lt. Chad Gaidos, a sheriff's office spokesman, said they're tracking him with GPS and that he's limited to his home. He also said Trybom's not allowed to be around minors or access the internet.

No government authority requires private youth sports leagues or groups like Trybom's to run criminal background checks on staff members.

Trybom does not appear on Oregon's public sex offender website.

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.

Trybom is due back in court on Sept. 12.


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