Former Olympian and Equestrian Coach Sentenced to Over Four Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse of Teenage Student

Former Olympian and Equestrian Coach Sentenced to Over Four Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse of Teenage Student

Former Olympian and world-class equestrian coach Richard Rankin Fellers has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for sexually abusing a teenage student. Fellers, 63, began preying on the female equestrian student in late 2019, according to court documents cited by federal prosecutors. The abuse continued until the summer of 2020. Fellers had been coaching the student since she was 14 years old, and the relationship turned sexual when she was 16. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon stated that Fellers planned a multi-day road trip in June 2020 from Oregon to Michigan to engage in sexual conduct with the student.

Fellers was arrested by Washington County investigators in June 2021 and charged with four counts of second-degree sexual abuse. Following his arrest, the victim released a statement expressing relief and gratitude that her truth was heard and believed. In May 2023, federal prosecutors charged Fellers with one count of traveling across state lines to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. He pleaded guilty on July 13. Fellers also faces four counts of second-degree sexual abuse in a pending state criminal case in Washington County.

Under a deal between federal and county prosecutors, Fellers’ prison sentences will run concurrently. After his sentencing, Fellers was ordered to surrender into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. The U.S. Attorney’s Office encourages anyone with information about the physical or online abuse of children to contact the FBI.

 

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