BEND, OR -- An Oregon State Police Captain has been convicted of Harassment, following a plea agreement with the Deschutes County District Attorney. William Fugate pled guilty in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Tuesday, and was sentenced to two days in jail, two years of probation and he's required to complete "batterers intervention counseling."
D.A. John Hummel says the Harassment conviction stemmed from an incident on June 15, 2017 when Fugate "violently grabbed" his estranged wife, leaving a bruise on her arm. In exchange for his plea, one count of Harassment was dismissed. Hummel reviewed five other domestic violence allegations that allegedly occurred between 2007 and 2016, but he says the statute of limitations prevented him from charging Fugate.
The investigation into the OSP Captain began in March of 2018, when he was the agency's Public Information Officer.
Update: Article updated to reflect Fúgate is not a “former” Captain. State Police officials say he is still employed by the agency pending the outcome of an internal investigation.