Multnomah deputy investigated for rape, official misconduct
An investigation of a Multnomah County corrections deputy Dwight Richey has expanded from one allegation of rape to include at least one other alleged sexual-assault victim as well as allegatons of criminally misusing his official position of authority.
Richey is suspected of official misconduct for allegedly using his position to have consensual sex during work hours at the downtown Multnomah County Courthouse on multiple occasions, the Portland Tribune has learned.
The initial rape allegation, made in May, has led to a string of other allegations as the probe has "spiderwebbed out," according to Washington County Sheriff's Detective Robert Rookhuyzen, who is handling the case. "Little pieces keep coming in," he said. "Even as recently as last week we keep learning new information and are following up."
Richey, 48, could not be reached for comment, but is expected to plead not guilty if charged. A relative of his told the Portland Tribune that the rape allegation is a "terrible lie," adding "we are a law-abiding family."
Richey worked in the sheriff's courthouse detail. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office placed him on administrative leave on July 11.
The Washington County Sheriff's office has been conducting the investigation and has submitted Rookhuyzen's findings to the Oregon Department of Justice for a determination of whether the evidence is sufficient to charge Richey. That determination is expected to be made later this month.
Official misconduct refers to criminal statutes in Oregon that prohibit the misuse of a government position.
Authorities had previously not reported Richey's name or any of the allegations. The rape allegation and Richey's name was first reported by KATU News on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The piece was based on a conversation with the alleged victim, who was given the pseudonym "Emily." The victim declined to provide a comment when contacted by the Portland Tribune.
She told KATU News she was dog-watching for a friend when Richey forced himself on her repeatedly while she cried and protested.
"The main victim woke up. She saw (NBC anchor) Matt Lauer had been fired on the accusation of one woman," said Washington County Sheriff's Detective Robert Rookhuyzen, "and she felt really pissed, (thinking), 'Why is this guy still on paid leave? I'm tired of waiting.'"
Asked whether there were other sexual-assault allegations, Rookhuyzen said "there are several allegations like that, yes." He said there are "multiple" alleged victims involved in the case.
Oregon court records show no criminal history for Richey. According to Multnomah and Washington County family court records, he has been divorced threee times.
A Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman said that an internal administrative investigation of the allegations will await conclusion of the criminal probe.
Zane Sparling of the Gresham Outlook provided some reporting for this article.