A former Clackamas County Jail deputy recently was convicted of four counts of official misconduct for neglecting to conduct routine welfare checks on adults in custody.
Richard Liljenberg, 51, was sentenced Aug. 26 to 18 months of probation and 40 hours of community service after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree official misconduct and three counts of second-degree official misconduct.
Liljenberg's plea agreement also stipulated he must retire from service and request to be decertified as a corrections deputy in the state of Oregon.
His attorney, Nicole L. Robbins, did not immediately respond when reached for comment Friday, Sept. 10.
Liljenberg was first indicted on Nov. 18, 2020, on 11 charges, including first- and second-degree official misconduct as well as tampering with public records, all of which are misdemeanors. The indictment accused the former deputy of falsifying jail database records by documenting events "that did not occur."
Senior Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brock said Liljenberg's duties as a jail deputy included monitoring the safety and well-being of inmates by conducting routine checks "twice an hour." Video surveillance allows deputies to monitor common areas from their desks, but due to privacy laws, manual checks are required to see inside each cell.
Liljenberg was first disciplined for failing to complete welfare checks in 2018, serving a one-day suspension, Brock added.
Deputies use an electronic scanner to confirm completion of welfare checks, Brock said, but an audit of scan history as well as video surveillance revealed Liljenberg continued to neglect the duty several more times from November 2019 to September 2020.
"It was determined that on multiple occasions, at least seven times, he had indicated that the scanner was not working and manually entered a record showing that he had done the checks, but the video surveillance showed that he had not and that he was actually elsewhere, most of the time at his desk," Brock said.
Liljenberg was placed on paid leave in September 2020.
On Aug. 26, appearing before Clackamas County Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Jones, Liljenberg was granted his plea deal and convicted of four out of the 11 charges on the original indictment.
Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training records show Liljenberg was hired by the Sheriff's Office in 2007. His decertification as a jail deputy prevents him from holding that position within the jurisdiction that certified him unless his certification is reinstated in the future.
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