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OSP Investigation Leads to Arrest of Astoria Officer
10/15/2008
Mike Regan, Deputy District Attorney
Clackamas County District Attorney's Office
Office: (503) 655-8431

An investigation that began late July 2008 following a citizen's complaint led Oregon State Police detectives to arrest an Astoria police officer Tuesday afternoon on ten counts of Official Misconduct in the First Degree.  BRIAN SLOTTE, age 32, was booked and subsequently released from Clatsop County Jail with a pending court appearance scheduled in Clatsop County Circuit Court on November 25, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.
 
All questions regarding this case should be directed to Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Mike Regan at the number listed above.
 
The following is from an October 14, 2008 Astoria Police Department news release:
 
Early today the Oregon State Police (OSP) informed the Astoria Police Chief that criminal charges had been filed against an Astoria officer. Brian Slotte was arrested this afternoon by OSP and booked at the Clatsop County Jail.
 
Brian Slotte has served as an Astoria Police Officer since December 1999. When questions arose concerning his on-duty and possible off-duty misconduct, he was placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the criminal investigation conducted by the Oregon State Police. He now faces accountability for his choices in the criminal justice system and the police department discipline process.
 
The Astoria Police Department (APD) regrets that one of our officers is alleged to have violated our trust and the community trust. The men and women of the Astoria Police Department are committed to providing nothing less than professional, excellent service to our citizens and to the State of Oregon.
 
APD is grateful to the members of the OSP who have conducted this investigation. It falls to the police to police ourselves and we appreciate OSP detectives' professionalism, dedication to duty and efforts on behalf of our community.
 
Office Slotte is afforded the same rights as any person and may choose to challenge criminal charges in court and discipline taken against him. He will remain on administrative leave without pay pending further action.