Former Oregon police lieutenant faces criminal charges

Criminal accusations can have a negative impact on the personal and professional life of a Portland, Oregon resident. However, for residents who made significant contributions to the community, the impact can be magnified. A former police lieutenant is in such a situation.

The former police lieutenant, who also headed the High-Tech Crimes Task Force of Southern Oregon, faces two criminal charges, one a felony, the other a misdemeanor. The felony charge alleges that the former officer altered or damaged software or a computer. Meanwhile, the misdemeanor charge claims that he intentionally attempted to access or accessed data or software used by a system.

The suspect denied the allegations. He stated that the criminal accusations may have stemmed from an incident two years ago when he returned a police department-issued laptop after being placed on administrative leave. The suspect was placed on paid leave while the department conducted an investigation on how the task force was being managed.

The former lieutenant founded the unit in 2005. Various agencies caught wind of the progress of the task force and asked for training and assistance. Over the next six years, the task force expanded to nine members from various agencies. He eventually resigned after being placed on leave and accept a federal defense contractor post in Nevada.

In most cases, criminal charges, even without a proper hearing, portrays an accused in the most negative light possible. Whether an accused is a prominent member of society or an ordinary citizen, such a predicament can result in damaging consequences. A Portland, Oregon, the resident should prepare an aggressive defense to counteract allegations. The guidance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help a resident during such a challenging time.


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