SUNRIVER, OR -- A former Sunriver police officer is charged with two counts of First Degree Official Misconduct and is due in court next month.
Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel says, on November 11, Kasey Hughes received a call from his girlfriend in Bend, telling him she suspected she'd been sexually assaulted. Hughes is married to another Sunriver officer and both were on duty at the time of the call. However, rather than report the crime to Bend Police, Hummel says Hughes waited until his wife went off duty, then drove his patrol car to Bend to meet his girlfriend. The D.A. says that action left Sunriver without police protection for several hours.
According to Hummel, once Hughes connected with his girlfriend, he did not investigate the alleged assault, gather evidence, nor interview potential witnesses. Sunriver's Police Chief was made aware of the incident and referred the matter to outside authorities. Hughes is scheduled to appear in court on April 11.
The D.A. issued a statement after filing with the court, saying, "Adultery is not a crime and is not why Kasey Hughes is facing criminal charges." Hummel went on to say, "The actions he took to conceal his affair put the residents of Sunriver at risk by leaving them without police protection for many hours. He's also charged because his failure to investigate a sexual assault put all Deschutes County at risk by potentially allowing a violent person to walk the streets instead of being held accountable." He also commends Chief Cory Darling for quickly referring the issue to the Sheriff for investigation.