Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Misdemeanor
MEDIA RELEASE---For Immediate Release
Oct. 4, 2001
LOCATION: Vancouver, WA
CHARGED EMPLOYEE: Michael J. Dell
VICTIM: Name withheld
CONTACT PERSON: Sheriff Garry Lucas (360) 397-2366
DETAILS: This week, the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney filed criminal
charges of Assault in the Fourth degree with sexual motivation against Michael
J. Dell. Mr. Dell was a Deputy Sheriff with the Clark County Sheriff's
Office, and had been a Deputy Sheriff since Aug. 24, 1998.
The charges filed against Mr. Dell stem from conduct that he is
alleged to have engaged in while conducting follow up contacts regarding an
investigation that he was assigned.
During the course of his investigation,
Mr. Dell went to the victim's residence. While at the residence, Mr. Dell
allegedly touched the victim inappropriately.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office became aware of Mr. Dell's alleged
conduct during the course of routine investigative actions conducted by
other members of the Sheriff's Office. Upon learning of the allegations,
Mr. Dell was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcomes
of the investigations into his actions.
After an internal administrative
review and a criminal investigation of this incident was completed, Michael
J. Dell was terminated Oct. 4 as a Deputy Sheriff and as an employee
of the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
"It is incomprehensible to me how anyone entrusted with the care and
protection of the citizens of this community can violate that trust", states
Sheriff Garry Lucas.
Sheriff Lucas adds, "It is especially troubling that
this casts a shadow over the fine men and women of the Sheriff's Office, and
law enforcement in general."
He continues, "It is my policy and practice to
identify and hold accountable my employees when they conduct themselves in
violation of policy and in violation of the public trust and confidence that is vital to us."