Family of deputy accused of rape: It's a 'terrible lie'
An investigation of a Multnomah County corrections deputy Dwight Richey has expanded from one allegation of rape to include at least one other alleged sexual-assault victim, and he also is suspected of official misconduct for allegedly using his position to have consensual sex during work hours at the downtown Multnomah County Courthouse, the Portland Tribune has learned.
The initial rape allegation, made in May, has led to a string of other allegations as the probe has "spiderwebbed out," according to Washington County Sheriff's Detective Robert Rookhuyzen, who is handling the case. "Little pieces keep coming in," he said. "Even as recently as last week we keep learning new information and are following up."
Richey, 48, could not be reached for comment, but is expected to plead not guilty. A relative of his told the Portland Tribune that the rape allegation is a "terrible lie," adding "we are a law-abiding family."
Richey worked in the sheriff's courthouse detail. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office placed him on administrative leave on July 11.
The Washington County Sheriff's office has been conducting the investigation and has submitted Rookhuyzen's findings to the Oregon Department of Justice for a determination of whether the evidence is sufficient to charge Richey. That determination is expected to be made later this month.
Official misconduct refers to criminal statutes prohibiting the misuse of a government position.
Authorities had previously not reported Richey's name or any of the allegations. The rape allegation and Richey's name was first reported by KATU on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The piece was based on a conversation with the alleged victim, who was not named. The victim declined to provide a comment when contacted by the Portland Tribune.
Asked whether there were other sexual-assault allegations, Rookhuyzen said "there are several allegations like that, yes." He said there are "multiple" alleged victims involved in the case.
A Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman said that an internal administrative investigation of the allegations will await conclusion of the criminal probe.