by Monte McCoin
On March 23, 2018, Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wetzel sentenced a former county deputy and probation officer to 35 years and one month in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing two young girls, separately, between 2004 and 2012.
Gordon Mead, 69, worked as a Clackamas County deputy between August 1975 and February 1982 before transferring to the county’s parole and probation office. State records show he resigned from that position in May 2001.
According to court documents, in November 2015 one of the victims, then 12 years old, told her parents and then police that Mead had begun molesting her when she was five. She directed investigators to a second victim whom Mead began to abuse at age seven. That girl confirmed the allegations. A third alleged victim testified during a pre-trial hearing that she, too, had been raped by Mead in the mid 1980s at age nine, but had been too afraid to tell anyone.
Mead was indicted for first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy of the two initial victims, but was not charged for raping the third victim.
Sources: www.usnews.com, www.oregonlive.com, www.seattlepi.com
As a digital subscriber to Prison Legal News, you can access full text and downloads for this and other premium content.
Already a subscriber? Login
More from this issue:
- Ex-Prisoner Awarded $150,000 after 'Savage Beating' Arranged by Guards, by Dale Chappell
- Fourth Circuit Reinstates Prisoner’s Lawsuit Over Denial of Rastafarian Services, by Matthew Clarke
- Wrongfully Convicted North Carolina Man Receives $4 Million
- Florida: DHS Snitch Busted for Trying to Sell Informant Status to Federal Prisoner, by Monte McCoin
- $550,000 Settlement for Georgia Prisoner Who Lost Leg Due to Improper Care
- BOP Director Resigns in Protest of Prison Reform Bill Clash, by Steve Horn
- Texas Prisons Stop Using Solitary Confinement as Punishment, but Thousands Kept in Administrative Segregation, by Matthew Clarke
- Fifth Circuit Holds Denial of Diabetic Diet During Lockdowns States Claim, by Matthew Clarke
- Confidential Settlement by Corizon in Arizona Prisoner’s Death from Untreated Flu
- Settlement Ends Forced Religious Classes in Tennessee Prison Industry Program
- Lawsuit Filed in Death of Kentucky Prisoner Held in Five-point Restraints, by Derek Gilna
- Michigan Jail Wrongful Death Suit Settles for $500,000, by Christopher Zoukis
- Troubles at California Jail Lead Sheriff to Forgo Reelection, by Derek Gilna
- Wisconsin Paid Former Prison Employees $105,000 to Settle Harassment Cases, by Derek Gilna
- Virginia Parole Board Changes “Three-Strikes” Interpretation, by David Reutter
- Nevada DOC Settles Suit Over Prisoner Suicide for $93,000, by Matthew Clarke
- California: Whistle-blowing Prison Employee Fired, Loses Lawsuit, by Edward Lyon
- $9 Million Settlement for Illinois Man Wrongly Imprisoned for Murder, by Matthew Clarke
- ACLU Reaches Confidential Settlement in CIA Detainee Torture Lawsuit, by Derek Gilna
- UK Court Blocks Extradition of Accused Hacker to United States, by Christopher Zoukis
- North Carolina Prisoner Exonerated for Rape Collects $9.5 Million Settlement
- Federal Court Nullifies Seizure of Prisoner’s Civil Rights Award
- “Egregious” Lack of Care by Jail’s Medical Contractor Leads to $1 Million Settlement, by Dale Chappell
- Indiana’s SOMM Program Declared Unconstitutional by Federal Court, by Dale Chappell
- Lawsuit on Behalf of Prisoners in 1993 Lucasville Riot Challenges Ban on Media Access, by Edward Lyon
- New Virginia Law Requires Oversight of Jail Deaths
- Oregon: Former Clackamas Deputy, Probation Officer Sentenced for Child Rape, by Monte McCoin
- Exonerated Prisoner Awarded $15 Million for Misconduct by Baltimore Police, by Derek Gilna
- Office of Inspector General Finds Abuses at ICE Detention Facilities, by Christopher Zoukis
- Civil Commitment Used to Imprison Drug Users in Massachusetts, by Edward Lyon
- Illinois: $380,000 Settlement in Lawsuit Over Jail Prisoner Assaulted by Other Prisoners, by Matthew Clarke
- Tennessee Judge Ends Sentence Reductions for Prisoners Who Agree to Sterilization; Receives Reprimand, by David Reutter
- Retaliatory “Rough Ride” by Prison Guards States Eighth Amendment Claim, by David Reutter
- Second Circuit Reverses Judgment in Favor of U.S. Citizen Held 3½ Years in Immigration Detention, by Matthew Clarke
- The Magnificent Seven, by Mumia Abu-Jamal
- Settlement in Class-action ADA Suit Against Shasta County, California Jail, by Derek Gilna
- U.S. Supreme Court: Prevailing Prisoners Must Pay 25 Percent of Damage Awards Towards Attorney Fees, by Derek Gilna
- A&E Reality Show Puts Undercover Volunteers, Hidden Cameras in Jails, by Dale Chappell
- State Criminal Justice Reform Efforts Gaining Traction, by Christopher Zoukis
- Census Bureau will Count Incarcerated People in the Wrong Place Once Again in 2020 Census, Continues to Distort Democracy
- John Legend Fights for Criminal Justice Reform, by Christopher Zoukis
- Supreme Court Reverses Ninth Circuit Ruling Banning Pretrial Full-body Shackling, by Derek Gilna
- Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Reports Inaccurate Jail Violence Data, by Edward Lyon
- “Less Lethal” Tasers Continue to Kill Dozens of Prisoners, by Christopher Zoukis
- Iowa Settles Religious Discrimination Suit Brought by Incarcerated Odinist
- The Prison Phone Industry Has Quietly Become Even More of a Duopoly, by Steve Horn
- Idaho Prisoner Swallows Razor Blade to Force Corizon to Provide Medical Care, by Monte McCoin
- Pennsylvania: SCI Graterford’s Replacement Slated to Open
- $10,000 Federal Jury Award in Texas Prisoner’s Suit Over Retaliatory Beatings, by Matthew Clarke
- Lawsuits Filed, Renewed Push to Block Cell Phones After Deadly South Carolina Prison Riot, by Steve Horn
- Nebraska Supreme Court Reverses Injunction Against Ban on Prisoner-Prisoner Marriages
- From the Editor, by Paul Wright
- Fifth Circuit Partially Reinstates Mississippi Prisoner’s Suit Over Inadequate Mental Health Care
- Human Rights Defense Center Files Censorship Suit Against Illinois DOC, by Derek Gilna
- News in Brief
- Litigation Heats Up Over Extreme Temperatures in Prisons, Jails, by Matthew Clarke, Christopher Zoukis
More from Monte McCoin:
- North Carolina Prison Guard Sues Over Religious Discrimination, March 5, 2019
- Israeli Supreme Court Orders Increased Personal Space for Prisoners, March 5, 2019
- Metropolitan Detention Center Guards Convicted in Sex Abuse Scandal, Jan. 8, 2019
- Harvard Student Group Advocates for Prison Education, Reform, Jan. 8, 2019
- Trump Establishes Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry, Jan. 8, 2019
- Florida: Suit Continues Against CoreCivic for Rape of Developmentally Disabled Child, Dec. 7, 2018
- Military-Style Attack on Brazilian Prison Kills 20 Prisoners, One Guard, Dec. 5, 2018
- Former Jailhouse Lawyer Bobby Battle Dies at Age 80, Dec. 5, 2018
- States Implementing New Technology to Fight Contraband Smuggling Via Drone, Nov. 6, 2018
- Florida: Federal Prison Guard Sentenced for Accepting Bribe, Oct. 12, 2018
More from these topics:
- $200,000 Awarded to Missouri Prison Guard Over Sexual Harassment, Retaliation, June 1, 2020. Staff-Prisoner Harassment, Guard Misconduct, Retaliation for Filing Grievances.
- More Than 200 Convicted of Corruption at Baltimore Department of Corrections; More Charges Announced, June 1, 2020. Contractor Misconduct, Guard Misconduct.
- Sixth Circuit Upholds Summary Judgment Against 14-Year-Old Mentally Ill Pretrial Detainee, Raped by Guard in Solitary, May 21, 2020. Sexual Assault, Medical, Control Units/SHU/Solitary Confinement, Mental Health, Juvenile Offenses/Offenders.
- Continuing Problems at Texas Jail Roil County’s Relationship with GEO Group, April 1, 2020. GEO Group/Wackenhut, Contractor Misconduct, Guard Misconduct, Medication, Failure to Treat, Overcrowding, Jail Specific, Suicides.
- Former Captain at Louisiana Private Prison Sentenced for Conspiracy to Violate Ban on Cruel and Unusual Punishment, April 1, 2020. Private Prisons, Guard Misconduct, Criminal Prosecution, Guard Brutality/Beatings.
- California Prison Officials Put Hold on Policy That Led to “Gladiator Fights”, April 1, 2020. Guard Misconduct, Prison Gangs, Shootings, Control Units/SHU/Solitary Confinement.
- Another Settlement in Sexual Assault Case at Pennsylvania Lackawanna County Prison, April 1, 2020. Prisoner-Staff Assault, Guard Misconduct.
- $110,000 Settlement for Outed Wisconsin Prisoner Informant, April 1, 2020. Guard Misconduct, Informants.
- $1.25 Million Jury Award to Rikers Prisoner Over Jail Beating, April 1, 2020. Guard Misconduct, Guard Brutality/Beatings, Seizure of Prisoner Funds.
- Seventh Circuit Upholds Prison Guard’s Rape Convictions, But County Not Liable, March 4, 2020. Sexual Assault, Staff-Prisoner Assault, Guards/Staff.