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Settlement negotiations began for Umatilla DA Dean Gushwa

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UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon. --  Two days of closed-door negotiations have began in the official misconduct and contempt of court cases for Umatilla County District Attorney Dean Gushwa.

Circuit Court Judge Charles Luukinen, a veteran settlement negotiator out of Polk County is presiding.

Gushwa is accused of intimidating and threatening two women assistants in the district attorney's office into having sexual relations with him., a charge he denies.

Gushwa faces seven charges of official misconduct and 11 counts of contempt of court for allegedly disobeying a judge's order not to have contact with employees in the district attorney's office.

The Oregon Department of Justice will not comment until the negotiations are complete.

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