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WashCo deputy pleads guilty to harassment

Plea deal requires David Bergquist to retire from the sheriff's office

David Bergquist retired from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, March 22, as part of a plea agreement that includes a conviction for harassment, according to a statement from the WCSO. This follows an extensive investigation into allegations made in anonymous email that was sent to the sheriff’s office last April.

The former deputy was one of several accused of misconduct. Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett asked the Portland Police Bureau to investigate the allegations, which uncovered new information indicating Bergquist had also engaged in inappropriate conduct while off duty.

Garrett placed Bergquist on administrative leave.

The Portland Police completed the investigation and forwarded it to the Multnomah County district attorney, who contacted the Clackamas County district attorney because at least some of Bergquist’s alleged misbehavior reportedly occurred in Wilsonville.

The Clackamas County district attorney reached a plea agreement which found Bergquist guilty of one count of first degree harassment. He was booked and released from the Clackamas County Jail Tuesday. He is also required to complete 18 months of probation and 24 hours of community service, as well as relinquish his police certifications. He had already retired from the WCSO Friday, March 18.

“I am committed to ensuring this type of behavior, whether on or off duty, is not part of our future,” said Garrett. “While some changes have been implemented, additional improvements may be appropriate as more information is received. I extend my gratitude to the Portland Police Bureau and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for their important work on this case.”