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Two Arrested in Conspiracy to Trade Drugs or Illegal Contraband for Sex at State Prison
06/08/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police detectives arrested two former Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) maintenance employees Monday on charges related to allegations of conspiracy to trade drugs or illegal contraband for sexual favors with female inmates. Detectives believe the two mentioned suspects' crimes were not connected.

 
On June 8, 2009 OSP Detective Patti Rhodes and Detective Jon Harrington arrested RICHARD KALEO RICK, age 37, from Beaverton, on an outstanding felony arrest warrant for the following charges:
  • Custodial Sexual Misconduct in the First Degree
  • Unlawful Delivery of Heroin
  • Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine
  • Supplying Contraband (two counts)
 
The detectives also arrested a second suspect identified as TROY BRYANT AUSTIN, age 34, from St. Paul, on an outstanding felony arrest warrant charging 4 counts of Custodial Sexual Misconduct in the First Degree.

 
In November 2008 an OSP Criminal Investigations Division detective initiated the investigation after CCCF staff members discovered heroin in an inmate's cell. The investigation escalated when it was learned that female inmates were exchanging sexual favors with the two suspects for drugs or contraband that was unlawful for inmates to possess in the correctional facility.
 
Working in conjunction with the Washington County District Attorney's Office, the investigation was presented before a Grand Jury which led to warrants being issued for both men on their respective charges.
 
RICK has been employed by the Department of Corrections less than one year as a Corrections Plumber. AUSTIN was employed as a Facility Maintenance Specialist starting December 2005 until he resigned in March 2009. Both men's jobs placed them in contact with inmates as part of their maintenance-related duties.

 
RICK was transported to Clackamas County Jail and will be transferred to Washington County Jail. AUSTIN was transported and lodged in Washington County Jail.

 
Questions for the Department of Corrections should be directed to Communications Manager Jeanine Hohn at (503) 945-9426.