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Woman admits harassing chamber president

Tanya Richards is banished from The Round or contact with BACC's Lorraine Clarno

RICHARDSA woman who repeatedly made unwanted contacts with Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce President Lorraine Clarno on Thursday morning acknowledged she was guilty of telephonic harassment.

Tanya Curtis Richards is a former chamber member who until recently had spearheaded a fundraising drive to build a Family Justice Center in Washington County to help local victims of domestic violence.

But for much of 2014 and 2015, she bombarded the chamber president with unwanted telephone calls, emails, text messages and letters, according to Chamber Chair Troy Cunningham.

With the plea, Richards admitted one count of telephonic harassment and two identical counts were dropped.

Those charges specifically stem from contacts Richards allegedly attempted to make with Clarno after Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding stepped in and warned her last December to stop the behavior, according to Washington County Deputy District Attorney William Stabler.

Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Upton ordered Richards, 58, to spend five years on probation and undergo a psychiatric evaluation and, if deemed appropriate, treatment and counseling.

Richards also was ordered to have no contact with Clarno and four witnesses in the case, Stabler said. She further was banned from the Round, which includes the Promenade Building that houses the chamber’s headquarters and Beaverton City Hall, where she previously has appeared to solicit Beaverton City Council support for the proposed domestic violence center.