MEDFORD, Ore. — A physical education teacher at South Medford High School has been arrested and accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage student, according to the Medford Police Department.
MPD said that it received an anonymous report about the matter on Saturday, April 25 from the organization SafeOregon. The report claimed that 30-year-old Noah Berman, a PE teacher at South Medford High, had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a juvenile girl who attends the school.
"This tip was sent to both law enforcement and the School District," Medford Police said. "On April 27th, the school district placed Berman on administrative leave."
A detective from MPD began looking into the case and reportedly found that the relationship between Berman and the girl had been ongoing since November of 2019.
Much of the communication between Berman and the student happened through the social media app Snapchat, MPD said.
On Thursday, MPD detectives served a search warrant at Berman's house on Kaufmann Way in Medford, seizing possible evidence. Berman was taken into custody without any issue.
Berman has been charged with two counts of Sex Abuse II, three counts of Sex Abuse III, Tampering with a Witness, and Luring a Minor. He is being held on $45,000 bail.
"The 'Tampering with a Witness' charge stems from the detectives learning the suspect told the victim not to disclose the relationship to investigators, as law enforcement began looking into the case," MPD said.