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Womans federal lawsuit claims former deputy stalked, harassed her

A Damascus woman is suing the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and a former deputy in federal court on allegations of assault, abuse, sexual harassment, stalking and official misconduct.

The lawsuit, filed Nov. 11 in U.S. District Court in Portland, alleges that the sheriff's office received earlier complaints of sexual misconduct by Deputy Scott A. King but didn't fire him.

Once the woman's allegations came to light and King was facing termination, King resigned. In June, the state revoked his law enforcement credentials.

The sheriff's office did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, King responded to a report of the woman and her husband arguing in November 2009. Within days after that incident, the woman claimed King began sending her texts of a sexual nature. The woman alleges that while he was on duty as a law enforcement officer, King stalked her and sent her dozens of violent and pornographic messages, including images of himself - one of which was apparently taken while he was at work.

The woman's 12-year-old daughter also accidentally saw the texted pornographic photos of King on her mother's phone.

In addition, the suit claims that the sheriff's office 'did not hire employees responsibly and did not use retention correctly after knowing that defendant King has sexual issues. … Clackamas County had a duty to protect (the victim) and the public from Deputy King, a sexual predator.'

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and assorted damages ranging from economic to punitive.