Friday, the Crook County Grand Jury indicted Crook County Sheriff Rodd Clark for the crimes of Undue Influence, ORS 260.665, a Class C Felony, and Official Misconduct in the First Degree, ORS 162.415, a Class A Misdemeanor. Clark will be arraigned in the Crook County Circuit Court on June 6, 2007.
The indictment alleges that Clark committed two crimes at a meeting with employees of the Crook County Sheriff’s office on August 31, 2005. Count I of the indictment alleges that Clark subjected “another person to undue influence with the intent to induce another person to refrain from being a candidate. Among other prohibitions, Oregon law bars a person from threatening “loss of employment” to induce another person from becoming or continuing as a candidate to elective office.
|Crook County Sheriff Rodd Clark - CCSO photo |
Count II of the indictment alleges that at the same meeting, Clark knowingly performed an act “which constituted an unauthorized exercise in official duties, with the intent to obtain a benefit.” Oregon Law prohibits public servants from engaging in unauthorized conduct for the purpose of obtaining a personal benefit.
The Oregon Department of Justice conducted the investigation, presented the allegations to the Grand Jury for its consideration and will prosecute the case. A copy of the indictment is available here.