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OSP Detective Placed on Unpaid Suspension Leave, Facing Charges in Clackamas County

August 7, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

An Oregon State Police (OSP) employee was placed on suspended leave without pay status and is facing charges after Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) encountered the detective Tuesday afternoon.

Richard Narvaez, age 50, assigned as a detective in the Tribal Gaming Section in Salem, was cited and released by CCSO pending an appearance in Clackamas County Circuit Court for Patronizing a Prostitute and Public Indecency. Narvaez, who has worked for OSP for 23 years, was not in uniform and was on duty at the time of the incident. He was immediately put on unpaid suspension leave status by the OSP Office of Professional Standards pending the Department's personnel investigation.

"This is troubling news when we learn that one of our employees is alleged to commit any crime," said OSP Superintendent Richard Evans. "This obviously is a rare incident and should no way reflect on our other employees who do things right and don't step outside of our laws and rules of ethics. We appreciate the quick response by the sheriff's office and will conduct our personnel investigation as their criminal investigation continues and the matter is adjudicated in court."

According to CCSO, on August 6, 2013 at approximately 2:30 p.m., a 9-1-1 report was received about a man with a woman in the bushes engaged in a sex act off SE Johnson Creek Boulevard near SE 77th Court. Deputies responded quickly to the scene and contacted the man and woman as they were still in the bushes where they had walked to after meeting in a parking lot near the intersection of SE 82nd Avenue and SE Johnson Creek Boulevard.

During their investigation, CCSO identified the man as Narvaez and that he was an on-duty OSP detective. An OSP lieutenant responded to the scene to assist CCSO as needed.

After concluding their initial investigation at the scene, CCSO cited Narvaez to appear on Clackamas County Circuit Court on the above listed class A misdemeanor charges. CCSO also arrested and lodged the 32-year old Portland woman, TIFFANY DENISE SMITH, on outstanding probation violation warrants, and Public Indecency and Prostitution.

Because this is an ongoing criminal case, CCSO and OSP have no further comment at this time.


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