Oregon is now one of only a few states that has officially cleared its backlog of sexual assault evidence kits. Over 5,000 kits that have been on hold for years have been processed and some have even lead to arrests in perviously unsolved cases. Now lawmakers must figure out how to keep the resources needed to keep the backlog clear.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.
Oregon State Police public information officer Captain William Fugate appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday afternoon. Fugate is facing criminal charges that were made against him in February of this year after an anonymous tip sparked an investigation into allegation of domestic abuse.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was in the courtroom and has more details on the on-going investigation.
Restraining Order Filed Against Captain WIlliam Fugate
The Deschutes County Sheriffs office is in the early stages of the investigation, but say it is not related to his employment or on-duty conduct.
The issue may have to do with a restraining order taken out against Fugate by his wife Georgina Monrean-Fugate on February 28th.
In the restraining order, Georgina said her husband had a history of abusive behaviors and described one incident in November, where she says her husband came home late at night, took her phone and held her in the house. She said he had a gun, and she feared for her safety.
The order was approved by Judge Alta Brady and included that Fugate have no contact with his wife or their two children, bans him from coming with 500 feet of his wife and asked that he be unable to buy or possess a firearm.
The Fugates have been going through a divorce prior to this order.
The investigation started due to an anonymous report of a criminal allegation relating to Fugate on Tuesday night.
The tip was enough to spur the Sheriffs office into initiating a criminal investigation and for the OSP Superintendent to place Fugate on administrative leave Wednesday.
Captain William Fugate Placed on Leave after Anonymous Tip
The Deschutes County Sheriffs office is looking into a criminal investigation of a prominent member of the Oregon State Police.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has details on the investigation.
911 received an anonymous report of a criminal allegation relating to Captain William Fugate just before 8PM Tuesday night. The tip was enough to spur the Sheriffs office into initiating a criminal investigation and for the OSP Superintendent to place Fugate on administrative leave Wednesday.
The Sheriffs office is in the early stages of the investigation, but say it is not related to his employment or on-duty conduct and that they will respect Fugate’s rights as they gather the facts.