November 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM
On Monday, November 28, 2011, the Oregon State Police notified the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office that three weeks previously the Attorney General’s office had requested OSP to conduct an investigation on a complaint of possible criminal wrongdoing within the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office. Specifically, Oregon State Police is investigating whether or not there was any criminal conduct on behalf of the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office in either the Grand Jury investigation of Deschutes County Counsel Mark Pilliod or in relation to the employment of part time investigator Sharon Sweet.
Deschutes County District Attorney, Patrick Flaherty, notified the Oregon State Police investigators that his office would cooperate fully with such an investigation and that, so long as that investigation was conducted in an unbiased and fair manner, no criminal conduct whatsoever would be found to have occurred within the office in either of these instances. Mr. Flaherty also notified the investigators that once they learned the true facts concerning these matters that he would hope their investigation would be complete enough to trace back and determine whether or not improper conduct had in fact occurred by the filing of false allegations that led to the commencement of this investigation in the first place.