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Gaston pastor sentenced

April 22 2005 at 8:27 AM

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    Jerry Mettee, who was an associate pastor at Wapato Valley Church and a softball coach in Banks, was sentenced Monday for initiating a false police report.

    Senior Judge Robert Gardner, filling in at a Washington County Court, sentenced Mettee, 45, to two years formal probation, a $1,250 fine plus court costs and 120 hours of community service. Initiating a false report is a class C misdemeanor.

    Mettee called 9-1-1 from Forest Grove's American Legion Hall on Feb. 1, claiming two men were attacking him. \

    In the hall is an annex of the Gaston-based Wapato Valley Church. Mettee told the dispatcher one of the men attacked him with a knife after he refused to give either money. He admitted to stabbing himself in the left arm and abdomen.

    At the time, Mettee told Forest Grove police he was sorry for making up the incident. "He's apologetic," said Forest Grove Police Captain Aaron Ashbaugh. "He indicates that he feels very badly about it. But we don't know why he did it."

    Mettee for 12 years was a softball coach at Banks High School. Over his first 10 years, Mettee led his team to win 188 games, losing 61. He was recently asked to resigned his coaching position.

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