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Veteran Oregon Jail Guard Indicted and Jailed

by Mark Wilson

An Oregon jail guard’s 22-year career ended in handcuffs in May 2019 when she was booked into jail on a five-count indictment, including witness tampering and official misconduct.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputy Janet Eagleston was indicted on four counts of first-degree official misconduct – for intentional failure to perform her duties at MCSO – which are Class A misdemeanors, allegedly committed between September and December of 2018.

The 48-year-old also allegedly tried to influence the testimony of a potential witness to her crimes, which is a Class C felony, sometime around December 26, 2018. Eagleston is being held in jail in an adjacent jurisdiction by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO).

Eagleston began working for MCSO in 1997, employed as a deputy in the county jail in Salem. MCSO was first alerted to her possible policy violations in November 2018. The sheriff’s office responded on December 4, 2018 by requesting a professional standards investigation and asking the LCSO to look into the allegations. At that time, Eagleston was placed on administrative leave.

Based on the findings of LCSO’s investigation, a Marion County grand jury returned the five-count indictment against Eagleston. She was arrested on May 30, 2019, according to LCSO Lt. Michelle Duncan, and arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court the following month. 

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Source: Statesman Journal