Swimmer: Instructor hugged us, but ‘nothing creepy’


Former students of a Portland-area swimming instructor arrested on child porn charges say they are shocked by the allegations.

“Complete shock,” Morgan Gilbert told KOIN 6 News. “He was so nice to me. I know that sounds kind of cliché, but he seemed really nice and he was a good swim coach.”

James McGlothlin, 39, was arrested Friday evening on the 11800 block of SW Kerr Parkway in Lake Oswego. An affidavit shows the swim instructor had written out numerous graphic plans to abuse and take photos or videos of children. He reportedly planned to “babysit” 3 children, and had plans that included “drugging the 2 older children with Benadryl so he [could]sexually abuse one of the children.”


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