Corrections counselor charged for identity theft, misconduct
A corrections counselor for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has been arrested and charged with identity theft and official misconduct.
Portland resident Bryce Merrill, 38, faces five counts of identity theft — a minor felony — and one count of first-degree official misconduct.
Merrill was booked around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and released later that day, official records show.
The sheriff's office says it launched a criminal investigation after learning that he allegedly forged internal documents. An indictment filed by prosecutors lists the names of two people whose identities were allegedly stolen.
"Mr. Merrill has been placed on unpaid administrative leave status pending an internal Administrative Review," a news release said.
Merrill has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Court records did not immediately include a lawyer representing him.