Former Oregon State Trooper Under Investigation, Not Arrested
OREGON - Oregon State Police want to clear confusion and confirm no state trooper has been arrested as part of an international child pornography case.
Police say Thursday evening, they learned about the case called "Project Spade" that reportedly resulted in over 300 arrests centered out of Toronto, Canada.
Troopers say there were reports that indicated the investigation involved several agencies, including the Toronto Police Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and among the arrests, was an Oregon state trooper.
However Friday morning, troopers say they spoke with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and confirmed that the man referred to as "an Oregon state trooper" was not actually arrested.
Police did confirm the man's name, but officers say he's no longer employed by the police department.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Attorney's Office say the investigation related to the man is ongoing, but no warrant or charges have been issued, so OSP won't release his name.
Police say the man worked as a OSP patrol trooper for about 12 years, and was placed on administrative leave in October of 2012. Troopers say immediately after they learned he was under investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, he was placed on leave and OSP fully cooperated with investigators as needed. The man resigned from OSP January 31, 2013.
Police say they have no knowledge of any criminal activity associated with the investigation occurring on duty.
Troopers say the men and women of the Oregon State Police fully support the investigation of any person who is alleged to be involved in these types of horrific crimes. Because the investigation is ongoing by the U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Toronto Police Services and other agencies, any questions about the investigation should be directed to those agencies.