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Scandal Roundup

by Tracy Barry

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Posted on October 30, 2007 at 3:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

My oh my, where to begin today.

Teamwork is the key to tracking down information on the Richard Curtis story. He's the State Representative from Southwest Washington that ended up in the middle of a sex scandal while attending a Republican Party meeting in Spokane.

KREM is our sister station in Spokane and since the story is really playing out on two fronts we are lucky to have them. KREM reporters are able to track down documents and talk with officials investigating the case. Our reporters of course are bringing in more personal details from the 18th District in Southwestern Washington.

Here's the basics if you are playing along. According to search warrant documents Curtis met a man at an erotic video store and had sex at a hotel with him. The man reportedly demanded a thousand dollars or he would tell Curtis' wife. Curtis called police to say he was being blackmailed. That is the tame stuff. I'll leave the explicit accusations for you to read on your own.

Curtis also says he did not solicit anyone for sex and is not gay. There seems to be a lot of that going around.

You remember those where's Waldo books? Well now we are looking for Bernie Giusto.The Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training is investigating whether the sheriff lied to the public about what he knew of Neil Goldschmidt's sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl when Goldschmidt was Mayor of Portland.

Giusto has claimed he'd only heard rumors but a preliminary report says that's not true. We'd of course love to hear from him but the closest we got today is a sheriff's spokesman who said no comment on Bernie's behalf.

I did have a chance to talk with Former first lady Margie Goldschmidt on the phone. She says contrary to the preliminary report she did not tell investigators that Bernie Giusto knew details about the abuse while Neil Goldschmidt was still in office.

Stay tuned and as always,
Thanks for watching.

Tracy Barry