Medford motel manager accused of sexually abusing housekeeper

An investigation into workplace sexual harassment led Medford Police to arrest a manager at Sovana Inn.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 3:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Officers with the Medford Police Department have arrested the manager of a local motel after an investigation found that he had sexually abused a coworker, according to a statement from the agency.

A 41-year-old housekeeper at the Sovana Inn came to MPD on July 3 to report that she was being sexually harassed at work. An investigation of the behavior reportedly led detectives to find hidden camera footage of some of the suspect's behavior.

"The investigation revealed the victim, who is a housekeeper at the Sovana Inn, 250 E. Barnett Road, had been physically harassed in a sexual manner on at least two occasions, by a co-worker who has a managerial role at the motel," Medford Police said.

The agency said that detectives tried a number of times to make contact with the suspect, 59-year-old Fernando Corvacho, "without success." It wasn't until Thursday, more than two months after the alleged victim made her report, that detectives found and arrested Corvacho.

Corvacho was lodged in jail for two counts of Sex Abuse in the 3rd Degree and two counts of Harassment. His bail is set at $15,000.

"The Medford Police Department would like to let the public know that we take these crimes seriously, and realize they are greatly under-reported," the agency said. "If someone believes they are a victim of this type of behavior, they are encouraged to contact police."

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