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Oregon Prosecutor Pleads Guilty to Official Misconduct

Rand E. Overton was prohibited from working as a government lawyer.

Lincoln County Courthouse in Newport, Oregon
Overton worked in the Lincoln County Courthouse in Newport, Oregon. Photo: Lincoln County Sheriff

(SALEM, Ore.) - Attorney General John Kroger today announced the guilty plea and sentencing of a Lincoln County prosecutor for attempting to use his position to obtain sexual favors.

"Prosecutors wield great power, and any abuse of that power cannot be tolerated,” said Attorney General Kroger. "Government officials need to be held to the highest possible standards."

59-year old Rand Eugene Overton, a Lincoln County deputy district attorney, pleaded guilty to 2 counts of Official Misconduct in the First Degree. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 2 years of probation and is prohibited from working as a government lawyer.

Overton was initially charged in May based on a single victim. Once the charges became public, two additional victims came forward.

As part of a plea agreement, Overton admitted using his position as a deputy district attorney to try and obtain sexual favors. Two victims were women who owed or were receiving child support. Another victim was a victim of domestic violence.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Dan Wendel prosecuted the case for the Oregon Department of Justice.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, promote a positive business climate, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.


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Douglas Benson December 16, 2010 9:39 am (Pacific time)

Hey Luke why is it allways the "guys" .Lets not forget that many are faced with child support that they flat out cant pay . Care to take a guess how many girls file charges or make accusations that are false to stick it to the guys. I know a guy in that area where his ex filed an assault complaint and even though he could prove that he was at work at the time he had to take it to trial . I also have another friend whose ex has been committing fraud,accused him of molestation,refuses to comply with the courts orders , is doing everything in the book to use her child for money and to hurt the childs father . If he was the one pulling this kind of thing he would have lost custody and be in prison,but the system bends over backwards for the mother and refuses to hold her accountible . The reality is when prosecuters are willing to cheat its unfair to the defendent and if they get caught the question is how many others have been thier victim.

Douglas Benson December 15, 2010 8:30 am (Pacific time)

What about his state bar lic. or all the cases he worked on? Anyone who took thier case to trial at a minnimum should have appeal rights .

Luke Easter December 15, 2010 5:55 am (Pacific time)

So, drug dealers, rapists, murderers, child sex abusers, and the like are not held to higher standards? Two of the victims were involved in cases where, "baby's daddy" was not living up to his end while the third had her butt beat. Why not hold them all to higher standards? Not to condone his actions by no means but if the other, "guys" were doing what they were supposed to be doing, well...

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