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Former Oregon State Police Spokesman Charged with Harassment

The OSP said Tuesday that Bill Fugate has been placed on unpaid leave while the criminal case against him is pending.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 4:23 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2018 4:55 PM

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A former Oregon State Police spokesman has been charged in Deschutes County with harassment for incidents prosecutors say happened with his wife in their home.

The OSP said Tuesday that Bill Fugate has been placed on unpaid leave while the criminal case against him is pending.

Fugate's attorney, Todd Wilson, says Fugate will be in court on July 10. He had no further comment.

District Attorney John Hummel says the charges related to incidents that happened in the couple's home on May 22, 2017 and June 15, 2017.

The couple subsequently divorced and Fugate's estranged wife obtained a restraining order against him this March.

In court documents, she alleged he had threatened her with a gun.

Hummel reviewed five other domestic violence allegations against Fugate but did not file charges. (end AP article)



According to a statement from OSP, Fugate is only now being changed to "unpaid administrative leave" as his duty status. The statement claims that this is common practice for the agency once criminal charges are filed in court.

"The agency will manage a concurrent personnel investigation into Captain Fugate’s employment status, so not to interfere with the criminal investigation," the statement reads. "Any inquiries into the status of the criminal investigation should be referred to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office."

Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton make a personal annotation to the official statement:

“While Captain Fugate is entitled to due process, the Oregon State Police strongly condemns acts of domestic violence, which is especially alarming and disgraceful when involving a police officer. Conduct of this nature is grossly unacceptable and employees that engage in these actions have no place in law enforcement.”

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