A Clackamas County deputy who lived and worked in Oregon City was arrested May 23 by other officials from his own department for allegedly strangling his ex-girlfriend in January of this year.
The investigation into Brandon Kearns began May 14 when a sheriff's office supervisor got a tip about domestic violence on Kearns' recent trip to Las Vegas. Kearns was put on paid administrative leave, and Milwaukie police detectives were brought in to help investigate the case.
The case led authorities to arrest the 34-year-old deputy on a felony strangulation charge that happened in Clackamas County on Jan. 15, when he allegedly applied pressure to his ex-girlfriend's chest in order to prevent her normal breathing and blood circulation. He was being held in the county jail on $100,000 bond and has since been released.
Kearns has worked at the county jail in Oregon City for 11 years. Once the district attorney charged him with strangulation and harrassment on May 29, officials said his administrative leave became unpaid.
Both incidents involved Kearns' ex-girlfriend, the sheriff's office said.
The cases under investigation now include the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Detectives continue to investigate the local case, and are working with investigators from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to investigate the alleged crimes that occurred in LVMPD's jurisdiction.
In a statement, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said, "We take all domestic violence allegations seriously. These allegations are being swiftly and thoroughly investigated by our detectives, working with our partners at Milwaukie PD, the DA's Office and in Las Vegas. I urge anyone impacted by domestic violence to contact A Safe Place Family Justice Center or Clackamas Women's Services."
More information can be found asafeplacefjc.org and cwsor.org. Clackamas County's 24-hour domestic crisis line is 503-654-2288.
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