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Published: February 2, 2015, 4:47 PM
Beaverton, Ore. -- Former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren’s new child rape trial has been delayed until June 22. A different judge also will preside over the proceedings.
Last month, Warren was granted a new trial in Clark County Superior Court after a juror came forward and admitted to reading a story about the case in The Columbian during the trial in October. Juror Craig Bowen admitted that the content of the article influenced his decision to find Warren guilty and that he later had misgivings about his role in the unanimous verdict.
A group of community members recently donated money to hire a new attorney for Warren’s second trial, which was set for Feb. 9 in front of Judge Barbara Johnson. Vancouver attorney Jon McMullen was retained to take over the defense from Vancouver attorney Louis Byrd Jr. and Portland attorney Ernest Warren, who is Christopher Warren’s first cousin, once removed.
McMullen had asked for more time to prepare for trial. Johnson scheduled a hearing for Monday to consider his request. She also transferred the case to Judge Robert Lewis because she is retiring March 31.
Lewis heard Monday’s proceedings. He scheduled the new date for the trial, despite opposition from Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield.
“As you can see, this has been very stressful for that family, having that conviction and then having to go back, so we were hoping to have a trial much sooner than June,” Banfield said.
Christopher Warren was convicted Oct. 31 following a four-day trial during which the alleged victim testified on the stand. The jury deliberated for more than six hours before reaching its verdict.
During closing arguments, Byrd claimed that Christopher Warren’s ex-wife, Dina Sanchez, coached the girl into making the rape allegations because she was bitter over his decision to divorce her and to be with another woman.
Warren had recently become engaged to former high school classmate Meliah Colon at the time the allegations were made.
Byrd said there were several inconsistencies in the information the girl gave to authorities, which should present reasonable doubt.
For example, the girl said she never told Sanchez about the abuse, yet Sanchez initially reported the crime to authorities, Byrd said.
Banfield argued that the girl’s account was consistent throughout the investigation and trial. She said footage of a forensic interview of the girl in May 2013 at the Clark County Children’s Justice Center also showed that the girl wasn’t coached or influenced to claim that Christopher Warren raped her.
Banfield is one of five judicial applicants seeking Johnson’s position on Superior Court. Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to announce his appointee for the position in mid-March, his general counsel, Nick Brown, has said.
Warren remains in the Clark County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Published: October 31, 2014, 4:41 PM
Beaverton, Ore. -- A Clark County jury has found former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren guilty of raping a 5-year-old girl at his central Vancouver home.
Warren, 34, did not show emotion Friday during the reading of the verdict on a charge of first-degree child rape. His wife and other family members and friends were in the courtroom’s public gallery.
Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson remanded him into the custody of the Clark County Jail. A corrections officer escorted him out of the courthouse.
The jurors reached the unanimous verdict after about 6½ hours of deliberation. Testimony started early Tuesday and concluded at the close of the business day Thursday.
Jurors declined to comment on their decision as they filed out of Johnson’s courtroom.
A hearing to sentence Warren has not yet been scheduled. Johnson ordered a presentence investigation report and set a Dec. 9 hearing to review the progress of the report and possibly schedule a sentencing date.
Warren’s attorney, Louis Byrd Jr., said he could not comment on whether Warren plans to appeal his conviction.
The victim, who is now 6, took the stand during the trial and testified that Warren inserted a pencil in her genital area.
She said the pencil felt “kind of weird, and it hurt for a second.”
During closing arguments, Byrd said that Warren’s ex-wife, Dina Sanchez, coached the little girl into making the allegations because she was bitter over Warren’s decision to divorce her and to be with another woman.
Warren had recently been engaged to the other woman, Meliah Colon, at the time the allegations were made.
“Just when your enemy is about to reap the reward of the pain he has inflicted on you — a new wife, a new family — that’s when you extract the planned revenge,” Byrd argued Thursday. “That’s exactly what happened here. Christopher Warren is innocent.”
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield said there was no evidence that the allegations were an act of revenge. She said the girl’s story remained consistent throughout the investigation, including when investigators interviewed her at Clark County Children’s Justice Center and when she met with her doctor.
Footage of the interview at the Children’s Justice Center was played for the jury during the trial.
Dr. Kimberly Copeland of the Legacy Health system also testified that she examined the girl about four to six weeks after the alleged sexual abuse. There was no evidence of an injury, she said. However, the girl told the doctor that “it hurt when I went potty one time,” according to an audio recording played in court.
Warren is no longer employed by the Beaverton Police Department.
He was twice terminated from the Beaverton force.
He was initially fired in 2011 after an internal investigation found that he had lied during a 2009 criminal investigation into allegations that he sexually abused a minor when he was 17, according to The Oregonian. Investigators concluded that there was probable cause to believe Warren committed the offenses, but he was not prosecuted because the alleged victim declined to cooperate, according to the newspaper. The jury in this week’s trial did not hear about those allegations.
He was later reinstated to his job but was terminated again in August 2013 after he was indicted on charges of welfare fraud in Washington County, Ore., The Oregonian reported.
He was found guilty in February of unlawfully obtaining food stamps and first-degree theft for seeking and accepting Oregon welfare benefits while he was a resident of Washington. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, two years of probation, 100 hours of community service and $3,000 in restitution.
Published: May 26, 2013
VANCOUVER, WA - A Beaverton police officer already facing charges of food stamp fraud is now accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old child. The SWAT team was called out to a Vancouver home Wednesday, leading to the arrest of Christopher Warren. It all began unfolding around 3:20 p.m. on the 9200 block of Northeast 14th Way.
Detectives from the Children's Justice Center utilized the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team to serve a warrant at a home. Warren, 33, was arrested at the scene. He is charged with rape of a child.
August 17, 2011 - 02:37 PM PDT
CLARK COUNTY, Ind. -- New developments were revealed Wednesday in the case against a former southern Indiana sheriff facing criminal charges. Former Harrison County Sheriff Mike Deatrick (pictured left) is facing 12 criminal charges, including 10 felonies. Deatrick was arrested in April 2010. According to court records, investigators said in 2007, Deatrick was armed with a deadly weapon when he caused two women working as dispatchers in the county to submit to deviate sexual conduct. His charges include criminal deviate sexual conduct, sexual battery, intimidation and insurance fraud. Deatrick walked into the courtroom Wednesday flanked by his attorney and family. Proceedings inside the courtroom lasted no more than five minutes Wednesday morning and shed some light on a deal reached.
In court this morning, media sources learned ongoing plea negotiations between Deatrick and prosecutors have resulted in a deal now filed with the court. “It's really the end of the road for this matter. Hopefully they can move on from this matter and move on with their lives,” said the attorney who represented dispatchers Deanna Decker and Melissa Graham in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Deatrick. He said the women are pleased with the deal. The dispatchers were awarded about $375,000 as part of a settlement. “I think the plea agreement will dispel any doubts anyone has about the truthfulness anyone has about the allegations that Ms. Graham and Ms. Decker made against former Sheriff Deatrick,” the attorney said. Deatrick was set to stand trial next week in Clark County after a change of venue request was granted earlier this year. The judge hasn't ruled whether to accept the deal. The ruling is expected to come Monday morning.
Deatrick and his attorney left without commenting. A special prosecutor appointed to the case said she wouldn't comment or talk about the terms of the plea until the judge approves the settlement.
Posted: August 03, 2011 - 09:24 PDT - Updated: August 16, 2011 - 01:11 PM PDT
San Bernardino, Calif. (WCJB) -- A sheriff's deputy facing teen sex charges has been ordered to jail by a California judge because of a Facebook posting. Local media sources in San Bernardino County reports that a judge questioned 31-year-old former San Bernardino Deputy Nathan Gastineau on Tuesday about the Internet message discussing revenge and payback. Gastineau insisted it wasn't a threat, but the judge disagreed. The judge raised his bail from $150,000 to $350,000 and he was handcuffed and taken to jail. Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman says Gastineau posted bond and was released at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Gastineau pleaded not guilty on June 21, 2011, to six counts of lewd acts on a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse. Prosecutors say he had a relationship with the girl while he was coordinator for the Highland station's Explorer program.
Tuesday's appearance was supposed to be a routine disposition hearing, but after the judge read the Facebook post, he looked up at Gastineau (pictured left) and said, "What on earth were you thinking?" Part of the posting said, "This is your Admiral. I know there've been a lot of rumors going around ... about the destruction that's been visited on my life. I would like to tell you that they're exaggerations." Later in the post, he says, "Tomorrow, look around you. Our imperative is right there, in our friendships, in our hearts, in our statements to the media, and in ourselves. War is our imperative."
"If right now, victory seems like an impossibility, then we have something else to reach for: revenge, payback. So we will fight," Gastineau says in the post.
Gastineau's family was in court but did not comment on the Facebook post. Supporters of the former deputy rallied outside the courthouse. "I can guarantee you that it was not as a threat or revenge or anything," said Bonnie Lucas, a friend of the defendant. "There's no way that Nathan is going to take any type of revenge or retribution because he's innocent." Gastineau's supporters say the accusations are lies. "I think what people need to understand is there is such a thing called a female teenage predator," Lucas said. "They have these crushes on people, and then when they don't get their way, most of the girls will just go away, but this girl has decided to take it to another level."
Bobbie Mann of the San Bernardino County D.A.'s Office said the concern came from the words "revenge" and "war." "The page is public, so anybody can see it. He's obviously got a following, so anyone could read that however they want and it can incite all kinds of violence that we don't know about," Mann said.
The judge was concerned and raised his bail amount by $200,000. Gastineau was being held on $350,000 bail. His next court appearance will be on on August 25.
August 16, 2011
VICTORVILLE, CA (7-13-11) • A Victorville sheriff's deputy accused of engaging in sexual acts with a teen Explorer took a plea bargain Wednesday afternoon and faces nine months in jail. Anthony James Benjamin, 30, of Beaumont accepted the prosecution's offer and pleaded no contest to two felony counts of oral copulation of person under 18. Judge Lynn Poncin accepted the plea agreement while the victim watched in court. Benjamin is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 30 to 270 days in jail. Under the law, the defendant's not required to register as a sex offender. According to the complaint, the two incidents took place on or about July 1 through Dec. 18 against the victim referred to as Jane Doe, who's now 18. If he had gone to trial and been convicted of all charges, Benjamin could have faced up to three years and eight months in prison.
Benjamin declined to talk to the media outside the courthouse after the plea. He's been free on $100,000 bail. An anonymous tip led to Benjamin's arrest last month and he was placed on administrative leave, according to sheriff's officials. Benjamin worked as a deputy at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victorville station, and had been with the department for more than five years, according to sheriff’s officials.
May 5, 2011
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (WCJB) -- A San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old girl. Anthony Benjamin (pictured left) was booked in the West Valley Detention Center on two sex counts with a person under 18. He was released after posting bail. Investigators said the teen is a member of the sheriff's Explorer Scout program, which Benjamin was a supervisor of. "The actual crime itself occurred while the deputy was actually on patrol," San Bernardino Sheriff Rod Hoops said.
It's the second time in just over two weeks that a San Bernardino sheriff's deputy has been arrested for having sex with a teen. On April 22, Deputy Nathan Gastineau was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old Redlands girl. Gastineau was in charge of the Explorer program at the sheriff's station in Highland. In both cases, the alleged sex acts occurred during ride-alongs.
"As the sheriff of San Bernardino County and as a parent myself, it's very disheartening," Hoops said. "I am alarmed to the fact that this is the second deputy sheriff that has had these allegations against them."
The youth law enforcement program allows young men and women the opportunity to train and ride-along with deputies. Hoops said he has ordered a review of the program and has suspended all ride-alongs for the next 60 days. "We are going to be looking at everything from training, evaluation, selection of the people involved in the explorer program," he said.
Officer Daniel Dana!
POSTED: 4:40 am PDT June 14, 2011
UPDATED: 9:07 pm PDT June 14, 2011
SAN DIEGO, CA -- A former San Diego police officer accused of raping a prostitute in Presidio Park while on duty, after threatening to take her to jail if she didn't have sex with him, was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault and other charges. Daniel Edward Dana, 26, faces more than 17 years in state prison if convicted of rape under the color of authority, oral copulation under the color of authority, false imprisonment and assault by an officer.
The 35-year-old alleged victim, in testimony during a morning-long preliminary hearing, said she met Dana in late April while she was working as a prostitute on El Cajon Boulevard.
She said she was standing by a Denny's restaurant when she saw Dana's patrol car and immediately tried to walk away because she was already on probation for a prostitution conviction.
The woman said Dana stopped his patrol car in a nearby alley.
"I said, I know I'm not supposed to be here," she said. "He said he wasn't out here for that."
The alleged victim said Dana got out of his patrol car and introduced himself, then asked for her name and cell phone number, which he entered into his cell phone.
"He was just really nice," she said.
The two later exchanged pleasant text messages, and she thought of the defendant as someone who she could call to warn her of police activity in prostitution areas, the witness testified.
Sometime later, the woman said Dana texted her from his Jacuzzi, saying he wished she could be there with him.
"I thought he wanted a 'date,'" the woman testified.
She said she had no problem with the idea of having sex with a police officer as long as he paid.
On the night of May 10, the woman said she went to a downtown club looking for clients because there was too much police activity on El Cajon Boulevard. She said she got a ride home from the club, then changed clothes and headed out to work on El Cajon Boulevard.
Around 2:30 a.m., the woman said she got a text then a call from Dana, but she was busy with a potential client. She said the client fell through and she asked the man to drop off her off at a nearby 7-Eleven, where the defendant pulled up into a side alley in his patrol car.
The alleged victim said she and Dana made small talk near the rear of his patrol car, then he demanded sex.
"He said either I give him what he wants or I go to jail," the woman testified. "Either I have sex with him or I go to jail."
The woman said her first reaction was, "Are you serious?" but realized the officer wasn't joking.
She testified that Dana put her in the back of his patrol car, then drove off.
"Did you feel safe at that point?" prosecutor Annette Irving asked.
"No," the woman replied. "I was just scared. I didn't know where I was going. I didn't know what he was going to do."
After 3 a.m., the officer pulled into a dark park and told the woman to sit in the front seat, the witness said.
"Did you feel like you had a choice?" Irving asked.
"No," the alleged victim testified.
She said she smoked a cigarette while Dana took off his belt and walkie-talkie.
She said Dana demanded that she perform oral sex on him, then had sexual intercourse with her.
After the sexual encounter, during which she said the defendant also licked her neck and breast, she put her pants back on and Dana drove her back to El Cajon Boulevard, she testified.
On the drive back, the woman said she licked her fingers and wiped saliva on the front seat of Dana's patrol car to prove that she was there.
She said she wasn't sure what she was going to do, but a female cab driver convinced her to call 911 when she got home, which she did.
The woman was questioned by officers and taken for a sexual assault exam.
Defense attorney William Wolfe said the alleged victim routinely violated her probation by going out to work as a prostitute on El Cajon Boulevard.
"She's not afraid of going to jail, she goes there routinely," Wolfe told Judge Charles Rogers.
The attorney said the sex could have been consensual and called the alleged victim's credibility into question.
But Irving said the woman's story has remained consistent from the beginning and that, combined with the DNA evidence found in Dana's patrol car and evidence that the ex-officer drove the route the alleged victim said he did that night, makes her story credible, the prosecutor said.
"There is no reason not to believe this victim," Irving told the judge.
Dana resigned immediately after his arrest because he knew he would be fired, Wolfe said.
"He's scared," said Wolfe. "He's scared to death. He doesn't think he's violated the law and he's looking at very serious charges, so he's very frustrated."
Rogers ruled there was enough evidence to proceed to trial and ordered the defendant back to court on June 28 for arraignment and to get a trial date.
Dana, who is free on $300,000 bail, served four years in the Marine Corps and joined the San Diego Police Department after being honorably discharged from the military in 2007.
Lieutenant Darryl Wrisley Chief Terry Timeus Chief Dan Duncan
May 23, 2009
On Feb. 11, 2008, a former Lake Oswego police officer, after a feud with the city, filed a formal complaint with the state department that oversees police, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. The complaint took aim at Terry Timeus, now chief of police in West Linn, and Darryl Wrisley, [now] a lieutenant in the Lake Oswego Police Department. Instructed by the state to probe the matter, West Linn hired an investigator who found little reason for concern. A media investigation of the same complaint, however, found that officials in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office determined Wrisley sexually assaulted a woman while on duty as a deputy there in 1992. It also found that Timeus, a long-time friend, helped Wrisley to salvage his career while the law enforcement community buzzed with talk about the incident.
The name of the alleged victim is printed with her permission.
Darryl Wrisley (pictured left) is a lieutenant in the Lake Oswego Police Department, two levels below the chief. Kay [Williams] Vandagriff’s allegations against him [in 1992] were silenced a long time ago in a deal between Wrisley and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Wrisley denied Vandagriff’s allegations at the time and still denies them today.
A grand jury that heard the case did not press criminal charges following an Oregon State Police investigation of the incident.
Yet documents obtained through a public records lawsuit show that, after its own internal investigation, the sheriff’s office concluded that Vandagriff told the truth about being sexually assaulted by Wrisley while he delivered a raffle prize to her home. Moreover, a superior officer said that Wrisley did not tell the truth when trying to explain his visit to Vandagriff’s house.
In a summary of the investigation’s findings officials noted:
“We conclude that the following events did occur:
• “On Dec. 11, 1992 Deputy Wrisley while on duty did drive a county-owned vehicle … to the home of Kay Williams.
• “Deputy Wrisley did not inform his supervisor that he was going to deliver the sweatshirt to Williams and did not ask permission from his supervisor to do so.
• “Deputy Wrisley, while at the Williams’ residence, did touch the bare breasts of Kay Williams, and did touch his bare penis to the lips of Kay Williams.
• “Kay Williams did not invite this sexual activity from Deputy Wrisley and did resist Wrisley’s attempts at sexual contact.”
In spite of those findings and despite the rigorous moral fitness standards required for Oregon police officers, Wrisley continues a career in law enforcement. Wrisley was [also] arrested for assault and drunken driving while a Lake Oswego police officer in 2000, he again was able to keep his job.
Documents obtained [by media sources], as well as interviews with current and former law enforcement officers and officials, show how Wrisley was able to remain a police officer. He did so not only with help from a police officers’ union and laws that make it hard to fire police, but also with assistance from well-connected friends, including Terry Timeus (pictured left) – then a corporal in the Lake Oswego Police Department and now Chief of the West Linn Police Department – and Dan Duncan (pictured below right), then a patrol sergeant and now Chief of the Lake Oswego Police Department.Officials in the Lake Oswego Police Department and both Timeus and Duncan were aware of the 1992 allegations against Wrisley when he was hired by Lake Oswego. Timeus and Wrisley were roommates as the allegations unfolded. Today, both police chiefs stand by Wrisley. They say they have seen no behavior similar to that alleged in 1992. That a grand jury heard the case and did not press criminal charges, combined with the deal struck with the sheriff’s office, convinced both to vouch for Wrisley when he applied to Lake Oswego for a job.
C.J. Note: Rape is a violent crime. In 1992, Wrisley was accused of rape/sexual assault by use of force. In 2000, Wrisley was arrested for assault.
Duncan said that Wrisley is an asset to the Lake Oswego Police Department. “I have no concerns that he would engage in any behavior similar to what was alleged,” he said.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, however, stands by its original findings in its investigation of Wrisley.
The former chief of the Portland Police Bureau said the story echoes a classic and problematic scenario in law enforcement where violent officers continue working, primarily because the officers around them fail to challenge their behavior.
“There is no excuse for keeping a man who is violent on your police force,” said Harrington. “This guy’s got more lives than a cat.”
The former chief of the Portland Police Bureau said retaining Wrisley on the Lake Oswego Police Department opens the department to liability, invites future problems and sets a bad example for younger officers in the department. Wrisley also should not be trusted to handle sensitive cases involving women. Wrisley has not responded to requests for follow-up interviews since documents from the sheriff’s office investigation were released to the public.
The Incident - 1992
On Dec. 10, 1992, both Wrisley and Vandagriff volunteered at a conference of the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association. Vandagriff tended bar while Wrisley sold raffle tickets. The day after the conference, Wrisley placed a call to Vandagriff and asked for her address while she was at home and babysitting two small children. She had won a sweatshirt in the raffle, he said, and he wanted to deliver it. Vandagriff said she had no qualms about the visit, and immediately phoned Brenda Noble, an evidence technician in the Beaverton Police Department.
According to police reports, the two women were best friends at the time and talked several times a day. They were acquainted partly through Vandagriff’s lengthy career as a 9-1-1 dispatch operator, which included five years with the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency, which handles 9-1-1 calls in the county, some of that time as a manager. In the phone call, Vandagriff taunted Noble about the winning ticket, according to police reports. She was still on the telephone when Wrisley came to the door. “I said, ‘Well call me when he leaves,’ ” Noble said, according to a transcribed interview with Oregon State Police Detective Ken Janes.
But the call never came. When Noble called back 20 minutes later, Wrisley was still there, according to Noble’s account to police. “I said, ‘What are you doing?’ And she goes, ‘Oh, just visiting.’ And I said, ‘Is he still there?’ And she said yes. And I said, ‘Is he flirting?’ And she said yes. And I said, ‘Well just tell him to get out and leave you alone.’ And she said ‘I’ll call you later.’… Her tone of voice back to me was, ‘Yes, I wish he would leave, but I’m trying to be polite.’” By the time Vandagriff returned Noble’s phone call, her demeanor would be radically changed, according to Noble’s statements. But what happened in between would be the subject of a four-month investigation by the Oregon State Police.
Vandagriff and Wrisley both said they sat in her kitchen and talked. Nearly every detail of the conversation was reported similarly by each. They said Wrisley asked whether her home had an upstairs crawl space – he had once served a search warrant on a similar home – and Vandagriff showed Wrisley the upstairs of her home and the crawl space located in an upstairs bedroom.
In her version of the story, Vandagriff told police that Wrisley blocked her exit from the bedroom, then grabbed her by the shoulders and kissed her. She said she pushed him away, but Wrisley tried to unbutton the top of her pants. In a transcribed interview with Janes, Vandagriff said she told Wrisley, “I don’t think so,” as his advances continued. She said she walked to a window to check for the school bus and told him she was expecting her children soon and that he should stop. She said Wrisley followed her to the window, closed the blinds, and pushed her with his body onto the bed. While she tried to remain sitting, Vandagriff said Wrisley climbed on top of her until she fell back onto the bed.
She told Janes, “… he kept trying to push me back and I kept saying my kids are due home, this isn’t a good time, this doesn’t feel right and he kept persisting and he kept pushing me … after I told him ‘no’ and he continued, then I got scared because I told him ‘no’ enough that he should have backed off and he wasn’t backing off.”
Vandagriff said Wrisley pulled her shirt up, fondled her breasts and put his mouth on her breasts. She said she repeatedly tried to turn away from him and pulled her shirt down. When she did, she said, Wrisley grabbed one of her hands and forced it onto his crotch. When she removed it, she said he again tried several times to unbutton her pants. “The next thing I knew he had his pants undone and he was trying to put his penis in my mouth. And that’s when I clenched my mouth and I kept turning my head back and forth … by then I was getting scared … ’cause I couldn’t get away.” Vandagriff said she was able to shove Wrisley off balance by lifting a hip. She said she continued to tell him no and he slowly began to let her off the bed.
Wrisley would later refute Vandagriff’s claims, saying he never touched her, “not even a handshake.” When he learned that Vandagriff had called the police, he first refused to talk to state detective Janes. Several months later, he spoke to Janes with a lawyer present and said he was shocked at Vandagriff’s claims. “I thought it was a joke,” he said. “I thought, ‘What’s going on here?’... I didn’t know for quite a while what the allegations were other than the actual legal terms.”
In his version of events, Wrisley described Vandagriff as “unstable,” said she repeatedly brought up sex while he was in her home and made him uncomfortable by talking about the sexual adventures of police officers they knew. Wrisley told the detective he thought Vandagriff was making false allegations to get money from the county. She was unemployed at the time, a single mother at home with a then-13-year-old son and disabled twins, then 11.
Investigation back[ed] Vandagriff's claimsDocuments show that on the afternoon of Dec. 11, 1992, Noble first spoke with a Beaverton Police sergeant.
In recounting the details for Janes, the state police detective, she said Vandagriff did return her phone call after Wrisley left her home. When Noble called back a few minutes later, she first asked Vandagriff how the visit went.
“And she said, ‘It was really ugly, Brenda, really bad, real ugly.’ And I’m going, ‘Kay what was ugly? What was wrong?’ And she just told me what happened and, you know, I was pretty much shocked. … Her voice was shaking when she was telling me that it was, you know, really ugly, and I know Kay inside and out and I knew that there was something (that) wasn’t real pleasant.”
“She said, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ She said, ‘I just got to forget this,’” said Noble. “I said, ‘Kay, this sounds like attempted rape, I don’t think you should just be forgetting it.’ She said, ‘I don’t want to.’ She made reference to getting a cop in trouble … and if she said anything that other cops would look down on her.”
After talking with the Beaverton sergeant, Noble convinced Vandagriff to call Wrisley’s sergeant, Kevin Henderson “just (to) let him know that he is a jerk and you’d better keep an eye on him.”
Henderson initiated the Oregon State Police investigation at 5:20 p.m. that day. Four months later, a grand jury decided not to indict Wrisley on charges of attempted rape, attempted sodomy, sex abuse and official misconduct. However, the internal investigation by the sheriff’s office, – conducted by lieutenants Gary Self and Rob Gordon, now sheriff of Washington County – relied on several key details that may or may not have been available to a grand jury in the closed-door process that determined criminal charges.
The investigation found:• Wrisley initially refused to answer questions from investigating officers but produced a duty notebook detailing his actions Dec. 11, 1992. The notebook’s entries were later compared with a year of Wrisley’s duty notebooks and found to be phony.
• Vandagriff agreed to take a polygraph examination about the incident and passed it. However, polygraph examinations are inadmissible in court in Oregon.
• Though Wrisley claimed that he had briefed his sergeant prior to delivering the sweatshirt to Vandagriff’s house, the sergeant, Henderson, said Wrisley’s story was untrue. He denied knowing that Wrisley went to Vandagriff’s house, leading investigators to conclude that Wrisley was absent from duty at the time of the incident.
• During the state police examination, detectives became aware of a similar incident involving a woman who worked for the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, who once went on a date with Wrisley.
The woman complained that Wrisley made aggressive sexual advances and that she struggled to get him to stop touching her after she halted consensual petting with him while on a date. Her complaints would not have been admissible in a grand jury because she never called the police.
No Indictment, Termination, Re-hired, Resigned and Promotion(s)!By the time a grand jury opted not to indict Wrisley on April 15, 1993, he had already been fired from the sheriff’s office. But his fight to return to work – spelled out in a typical union contract that called for grievance hearings and arbitration – would drag on for another eight months. Through two rounds of grievance hearings, then-sheriff Jim Spinden would stick to his decision to fire Wrisley and send pointed letters to Wrisley emphasizing his reasons for the decision. In one such letter, he noted, “In light of the need for the complainant to proceed through the difficulty of presenting the complaint subject to efforts to discredit her and with no personal advantage or motive in pursuing the claim, I believe her statements are credible.”
Spinden also wrote to the county administrator about his decision, specifically noting that Wrisley’s duty notebooks had “changed dramatically in style” during the Vandagriff episode. Washington County’s attorney John Junkin, however, eventually offered Wrisley a deal to end his employment: $20,000, a letter of recommendation and a settlement that sealed the investigation. Wrisley signed the deal Dec. 6, 1993. Though Spinden would also sign, he privately fumed. Through a memo written by Gordon, the investigator and lieutenant, Spinden had previously documented his complaints about the attorney handling the case and what he perceived as missteps in the process to fire Wrisley. According to the memo, Spinden expected the process “to hurt us in the future, if not this case, then in another.”
Though Spinden could not be reached for comment for this story, Gordon stood by the sheriff’s office investigation.
“In the 15 years since the investigation, I have not received any information that would change any of the findings in the reports and I stand by any of the written documents in the file,” he said.
Wrisley, when interviewed for this story, said he signed an agreement to seal the file because the sheriff’s office wanted him to. He said he agreed to resign only because he got a better offer from Lake Oswego.
“There’s no doubt in my mind I would have gone back to work,” said Wrisley. “With that situation, I didn’t want to go back to work there.”
“I quit there to come and work here (in Lake Oswego), that’s how it ended,” he said.
Though officers throughout the law enforcement community were talking about the Vandagriff incident, Wrisley’s career would be salvaged with help from Timeus, now head of the West Linn Police Department, and Duncan, now Lake Oswego’s police chief.
See: Cops that Sexually Offend - Part VI: Creston, Iowa - March 13, 2009 - A jury deciding the fate of two former Creston police officers reached their verdict at the Woodbury County Courthouse on March 12, 2009. Chief Jamie Christensen was found guilty of sexual abuse in the second-degree. Asst. Chief John Sickels was found guilty of sexual abuse in the second-degree.
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Movie Intermission! Colorado Theater Shooting Trial
~ Jury Instructions ~ 2015!
~ Jury Instructions ~ 2015!
Description: CENTENNIAL, Colo. — (April 27, 2015) Jury Instructions are given to the jury seated in the trial of Peopel of the State of Colorado v. James Eagan Holmes. Holmes is on trial for the 2012 shooting of multiple people at the Auror Colorado Movie Theatre.