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21-Year Veteran Oregon Jail Guard Indicted for Sexual Assault

On February 29, 2012, a longtime Oregon jail guard was charged with sexually abusing a female prisoner in his custody.

Eddie James Miller, 59, worked twenty-one years for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office as a guard at the Inverness Jail in Portland, Oregon. His career came to a disgraceful end, however, when he forced a 34-year old female prisoner to perform oral sex on January 9, 2012. The prisoner immediately reported the incident to detectives, said Mike Schults, a chief deputy with the Sheriff’s Department.

Her DNA was found on Miller and she testified before a grand jury, according to authorities. On February 29, 2012, the Grand Jury indicted Miller on charges of official misconduct in the first degree and custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree, according to court records.

After he was indicted, Miller turned himself in to his former colleagues on February 29, 2012. One deputy shook his hand while another patted him on the shoulder as he waited to be arraigned.

Miller pleaded not guilty to the charges, through his attorney, Lisa Ludwig. He was allowed to remain free pending trial, but he was fingerprinted, had his mug shot taken and was placed on pretrial supervision. The prisoner was transferred to a neighboring county jail for her safety, according to Schults.

"We take these things very seriously," said Schults. During the initial investigation, Miller was placed on paid leave but once he was indicted he was placed on unpaid leave. "Our members are held to the highest standards," declared a prepared sheriff’s office statement. "Our agency investigates allegations of misconduct diligently and with the highest priority."

Source: The Oregonian

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