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Former Olympian Rich Fellers pleads guilty to sexually abusing a minor

Former Olympian and legendary equestrian Rich Ferrers pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual abuse of a minor after being charged with forcing a teenage student into an illicit relationship.

Ferrers, 63, was found guilty of interstate travel for the purpose of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse in federal court in Portland, Oregon, on his local CBS affiliate. Admitted. KOIN reported.

The former Olympic show jumper and coach is expected to be sentenced to four years in prison for federal charges and a combined 30 months in prison for Washington County charges as part of a plea bargain, according to the Times.

Ferrers, widely respected in the equestrian world, was arrested in 2021 for sexually abusing one of his students when he was 17.

Victim Maggie Kahring spoke publicly about the abuse, describing Ferrers as a kind of father figure. When she was 15, she moved into her own apartment to live near his barn and training center.


Ferrers, 63, pleaded guilty in federal court in Portland, Oregon, to two counts of interstate travel for unlawful sexual activity with a minor and two second-degree sexual abuse charges.
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Victim Maggie Kahring spoke publicly about the abuse, describing Ferrers as a kind of father figure.
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She said that when she was 16, her coach suddenly took a liking to her and began grooming her until they had sex after her 17th birthday. reported by Bloomberg last year.

The relationship lasted until Mr. Fellers’ wife found him at an Airbnb they were all sharing near a race show in Michigan, according to the magazine.

Soon, the Fellers were added to the US Center for SafeSport suspension list. The center was set up by Congress in 2017 to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct in Olympic sports following reports of Larry Nassar’s abuse.


The relationship lasted until Mr. Fellers' wife found him at an Airbnb they were all sharing near a race show in Michigan, according to the magazine.
Their relationship lasted until Ferrers’ wife spotted them together at an Airbnb they were all sharing near a horse race show in Michigan.
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Once the abuse became public knowledge, many in the tight-knit equestrian community lashed out at Kehring, calling for the suspension of the beloved coach and former Olympic star, she said. told horse chronicles in a previous interview.

Her attorney said these people owe her an apology, especially now that Ferrers has admitted to her abuse.

“For the terrible people in the equestrian world who have said terrible things about Maggie, I don’t think there is anything more definitive than what she went through.” [than this]said Kaering attorney Russell Prince. told the publication Wednesday. “Many people have sincere apologies to Maggie Kehring and the Kehring family.”


The former Olympic show jumper and coach will be sentenced to four years in prison on federal charges and a combined 30 months in prison on Washington County charges as part of a plea bargain.
The former Olympic show jumper and coach will be sentenced to four years in prison on federal charges and a combined 30 months in prison on Washington County charges as part of a plea bargain.
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The Ferrers were added to the U.S. Center for SafeSport suspension list set up by Congress in 2017 to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct in Olympic sports following reports of Larry Nassar's abuse.
The Ferrers were added to the U.S. Center for SafeSport suspension list set up by Congress in 2017 to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct in Olympic sports following reports of Larry Nassar’s abuse.
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Koering himself told the Chronicle no further comment on Ferrers’ guilty plea, saying only that “the public record speaks for itself.”

Following Ferrers’ arrest, Koehring and his family helped launch a social media campaign, #WeRideTogether, to raise awareness of the issue of sexual misconduct in equestrian sport.

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