Cottage Grove Police arrest teacher accused of sexual relationship with student

Cottage Grove Police arrested Gabriel Donovan Dickinson, 37, on Thursday. Dickinson teaches Music at Cottage Grove High School, according to the school's website. (Lane County Jail mugshot)

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - A high school teacher faces accusations he carried on a sexual relationship with a student over the past 2 years, beginning when the student was a 15-year-old sophomore.

Cottage Grove Police arrested Gabriel Donovan Dickinson, 37, on Thursday.

Dickinson teaches Music at Cottage Grove High School, according to the school's website.

Police booked him into the Lane County Jail on charges of third degree Sodomy; second and third degree Sex Abuse; Sexual Misconduct; and Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor.

"During the last week of November 2018, a Cottage Grove Police Department School Resource Officer received information from administrators at Cottage Grove High School regarding an alleged inappropriate relationship between a student and teacher at the school," police said. "Officers and Detectives learned that this relationship began approximately two years ago, when the student was 15 years of age, and in the 10th grade. The sexual relationship continued into November 2018."

Police said they have "no indication that any other students were involved, however we are asking anyone with information to contact the Cottage Grove Police."

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