Sherwood High School teacher pleads guilty to invasion of privacy

March 10, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 60-year-old Brian Trostel must register as a sex offender and surrender his teacher’s license after being convicted of sex crimes involving a child.

Charge Plea Sentence
Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree Guilty Sentencing set over for 5 years.
Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree Guilty 5 years of formal probation with no possibility of early termination.
Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree Guilty Concurrent sentence of probation as described above.
Invasion of Personal Privacy in the Second Degree Guilty Sentencing set over until May 25, 2021

It is expected that Trostel will be sentenced to 11 months in jail on May 25, 2021.

The set over in sentencing is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If Trostel violates his probation, at any point, or fails to appear in court on May 25, 2021 the State is prepared to request additional jail or prison time.

This investigation started when a person known to Trostel located images of a 14-year-old inside her bedroom while in a state of nudity.

The victim and her family used to live in the same neighborhood as Trostel.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Family Services Division investigated and determined that Trostel took multiple photos of the child while hiding behind a fence surrounded by trees and other vegetation.

“Children deserve to feel safe in their bedrooms. It should be a place of solitude – a place where they can go and escape the stresses of the pandemic. They shouldn’t have to worry about a someone – let alone a teacher – hiding outside their bedroom window waiting to take secret photos of them in their most compromised state, but that’s exactly what Brian Trostel did,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park, who prosecuted this case.

The victim, her family and their attorney were actively involved in the pretrial negotiations and are supportive of the resolution of this case.

The victim provided an impact statement to the court that reads in part:

“What happened to me shouldn’t have, and I wish so strongly that it hadn’t. But it did. And it makes me disgusted; it makes me angry, and it makes me really sad. …I don’t want to think about what he did. It’s easier to think about doing whatever I can do to keep others from experiencing it.”

As part of his probation Trostel will have to register as a sex offender, undergo treatment for sex offenders, pay restitution, and have no contact with the victim or her family.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes Victim Advocate Malia Bruni and the Portland Police Bureau’s Family Services Division for their work on this case.




Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office