BEND, Ore. (AP) — The trial of an ex-Sunriver Police officer whose relationship with a dispatcher came to light in connection with misconduct allegations has begun in Deschutes County Circuit Court.
Kasey Hughes is accused of two counts of official misconduct for an incident while he was the lone officer patrolling Sunriver, The Bulletin reported.
Hughes violated his law enforcement oath by failing to tell a supervisor he was leaving his jurisdiction to be with a woman with whom he was having an affair, and then attempting to cover up the trip, prosecutors said.
The woman had called Hughes that night and told him she’d been raped in the downtown Bend parking garage, prosecutors said. Hughes was derelict in his duties for not investigating the woman’s statement or passing it on to the Bend Police Department, according to prosecutors.
Hughes’ defense asserts he acted only out of concern for the woman’s well-being — not to conceal an affair — and it would have been inappropriate for him to investigate her statement on his own.
In the early morning of Nov. 11, 2018, Hughes was on duty when at around 2:40 a.m., Hughes received a call from the dispatcher and he said in a police interview that she sounded “highly” intoxicated and emotional.
Hughes said he picked her up in his squad car, and having learned of the alleged rape, took her to a hospital.
Bend Police later interviewed a suspect in the rape case but the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office opted not to charge him.
Closing statements were scheduled for Thursday. Judge Walter Miller will issue the ruling.