Pacific University official indicted on sex charges

A senior official at Pacific University in Forest Grove will be in court Wednesday - charged with seven counts of sex abuse.

Michael Mallery, 48, turned himself in on Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury, according to Sgt. Vance Stimler, spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Mallery, the university's vice president for finance and administration, is accused of abusing two relatives who were both 11-years-old at the time of the attacks. One incident allegedly happened last year. The other incident allegedly happened in 2010.

He is being held on $175,000 bail

A spokesman for the university released a statement saying they are aware of the allegations and that Mallery requested - and was granted - personal leave.

"The university is supportive of him during these legal proceedings," said Joe Lang, director of media releations.

Mallery joined Pacific University in 2010.