County search and rescue unit leader held on abuse charges


A volunteer leader of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit faces sex abuse charges after he was accused of having inappropriate relations with a girl who was part of the program.

Brandon Liggett, 30, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 31, and charged with three counts of third-degree sex abuse. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail.

The girl, whose name has not been released, is a minor who has been a member of the sheriff's office's Search and Rescue Unit. Liggett has been a volunteer adviser with the unit for 16 years.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has asked an outside law enforcement agency to investigate the issue.

Lt. Steve Alexander, the sheriff's office public information officer, said the agency took the allegation 'very seriously' and was 'extremely concerned about the integrity of our search and rescue program and the safety of all its members. As a result we made this investigation our No. 1 priority immediately upon learning of the allegations.'