On Friday, July 8, 2016, at about 9:30 a.m., Albany Police Detectives arrested 28-year-old James Walter Myrick at his residence located in the 700 block of Turning Leaf Street NW in Albany. James Myrick, a teacher at West Albany High School, was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges:
* Luring a Minor
* Tampering with a Witness
* Official Misconduct in the First Degree
* Attempted Sex Abuse in the Third Degree
The 6 week investigation revealed that James Myrick used his position as a teacher in an attempt to coerce a 17-year-old West Albany High School female student to have sexual contact with him. The investigation began after fellow students reported concerns that James Myrick was having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Investigators have reason to believe that there are other victims who have not come forward to report similar conduct by James Myrick. Anyone with information involving this case or James Myrick is asked to contact the Albany Police Detective Unit at (541) 917-7686.