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Officer Gone Wild: Cop Arrested for Sexual Calls

On June 15, former Portland Police Officer Joseph Wild pleaded not guilty to 20 counts of telephonic harassment and 41 counts of official misconduct in Multnomah County Court. Wild allegedly made sexually explicit calls from his cell phone during his regular shift to three female Portland police officers who were in training at the state police academy. Further, a 16 year old girl reported receiving phone calls from a man claiming he had had sex with her but she did not recall any sexual contact. The phone calls were eventually traced to Wild's cell phone and it was discovered he had taken the girl to a facility for missing juveniles after receiving a call that she was intoxicated. Wild's cell phone records included an additional 50 calls during a two month period to a number belonging to a 14 year old girl. When interviewed, she said she had received numerous phone calls from a man who had made sexual statements that frightened her to tears. Wild also called a survivor of domestic violence who told detectives that she had received phone calls from an unknown man threatening to "come to her house and rape her." On another occasion he called to tell her he was in her basement during a time she and her daughter were home alone. It was determined that Wild had made eight calls to this woman during a 27 minute period.

When interviewed by detectives on May 4, Wild admitted to calling the female officers and not stopping when requested to do so. He was arrested June 12 and held in Multnomah County Jail on $132,500 bail--increased to $250,000 after his indictment. During Wild's arraignment, Portland Police Association President Scott Westerman "indicated the union had no particular role in the allegations" but showed up in court "to show Joey a friendly face" (Oregonian, June 16). Facing termination, Wild resigned August 4 (Oregonian, August 5)

Subsequent to the 84 count indictment against Wild (since raised to 102 counts), Chief Rosie Sizer "pushed for the ability to give polygraph tests to police applicants." Sizer also indicated she has been "working closely with police psychologist David Corey... since 2007 to strengthen a personal questionnaire given to all applicants, intending to identify any deviate [sic] sexual traits that could foretell problems." The use of a polygraph would have to be approved by the State Legislature, which has rejected the idea twice (Oregonian, June 23). Courts do not admit polygraphs because they are notoriously unreliable.

On June 19, Portland Copwatch (PCW) sent an e-mail to Chief Sizer and the five City Commissioners in response to the arrest of Officer Wild. The memo pointed out that this was at least the fourth Portland officer charged with sexual misconduct in the last few years (see PPR #43) and that the Bureau should also be looking as seriously into gender discrimination as they are at racial profiling. The letter also indicated that officers who have been fired and charged are always guilty of lying, cheating, stealing or sexual misconduct, but never excessive force. We requested that PCW be apprised of any progress of gender parity issues and holding officers accountable in questionable deadly force cases. As of the date of publication no such information has been forthcoming.
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Lake Oswego Lets Rapist Cop Keep Working

Beginning on May 21, the Lake Oswego Review ran a lengthy series following up on a complaint against Terry Timeus, now chief of police in West Linn, and Darryl Wrisley, currently a lieutenant with the Lake Oswego Police Department. The allegations were that in 1992 Wrisley, who was then with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, had sexually assaulted a woman while on duty, and that Timeus, a long-time friend, had helped Wrisley to salvage his career. Wrisley denies the allegation, and a grand jury did not press criminal charges subsequent to an Oregon State Police investigation. Documents obtained by the newspaper show that after its own internal investigation, the sheriff's office concluded that the woman had told the truth about the sexual assault. Wrisley was subsequently fired but during many months of grievance and arbitration processes, he was eventually offered a deal to end his employment and was given $20,000, a letter of recommendation and an agreement to seal the investigation. The Sheriff's Department stands by its original findings. Despite all the findings, Wrisley continues a career in law enforcement. He was also arrested for assault and drunken driving in 2000 but was still able to retain his job. According to the Review, an investigation found "little reason for concern."
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  People's Police Report

September, 2009
Also in PPR #48

Force Report: Disparities in Who Gets Hit
Sit/Lie Suspended
Chasse Family Partial Settlement Reached
  • Salem Man Dies After Taser Use
Review Board Reports&1st 2009 Hearing
"Sheriff" Skipper Skips School
Cop Arrested for Sexual Calls
  • Lake Oswego Lets Rapist Cop Keep Working
City Pays More for Misbehaving Cops
Council Pays for Secret List
Racial Profiling Treads Water in Portland
Legal Briefs: Supreme Court Strengthens Rights
Quick Flashes #48
  • Houseless Camping at Gay Pride Parade
  • Cops Don't Investigate Homophobic Assault
  • Deputy Charged in Off-Duty Taser Use
Rapping Back #48

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