Chief explains why Gore case reopened

Chief explains why Gore case reopened

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by kgw.com Staff

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Posted on June 30, 2010 at 7:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:44 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Police Chief Mike Reese said Thursday that the 2009 portion of the bureau's investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Al Gore was administratively flawed.

The Portland Police Bureau said Wednesday they have made the decision to re-open a case of sex abuse allegations against Al Gore made by a local massage therapist.

Molly Hagerty has alleged that the former Vice President engaged in repeated, unwanted sexual contact during a massage at a Portland hotel in October 2006. 

"In reviewing this case, we have determined there were procedural issues with the 2009 investigation that merit re-opening the case," the chief said in a prepared statement. "There should have been command level review at the time on the specifics of this case and decisions on whether the investigation should go forward."

Read the chief's full statement

He went to say that  "It s our responsibility to both parties involved to conduct a thorough, fair and timely investigation" and during the review, the bureau would have no comment on the specifics of the case.

A reliable source says detectives knew that accuser Molly Hagerty had a DNA sample on a pair of pants, but detectives never pursued to obtain them or test them.

"I think they (police) have a lot on their plate, " Said Criminal Law Professor Susan Mandiberg.

She thinks the accuser talked to the media was the catalyst for launching this new investigation.

"Once she came forward to the news media, it would be difficult for the police to say we don't care." Said Mandiberg.

The chief's statement comes on the same day this edition of the National Enquirer hit newstands.

It shows accuser Molly Hagerty showing a pair of pants with DNA she claims is Gore's semen, according to the National Enquirer.

She also has a candy bar she claims Gore ate, that could have a DNA sample.
 
Hagerty also revealed a new witness who backed up her case.

"That gentleman had never been contacted by the police so they have a lot of work to do in investigating this, " Said Barry Levine from the National Enquirer.

Levine is defiant that he has never paid Hagerty anything for the first story, especially not the reported $1 million.

But he admits the newspaper did pay Hagerty for the second story.
 

"Consistent with our policy regarding open investigations, the Police Bureau will not be commenting on any additional specifics regarding this case at this time," the police statement read.

Gore denies allegations

Also on Wednesday, the family of Al Gore responded to the reports. Gore family spokesperson Kalee Kreider issued a statement denying the allegations on Wednesday.

"Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore. The Gores cannot comment on every defamatory, misleading, and inaccurate story generated by tabloids.  Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago. He stands by that denial."

The decision by Portland Police to reopen their investigation came shortly after Molly Hagerty, 54, went public with her story in the National Enquirer. 

In the latest issue of the Enquirer, Hagerty makes new claims about her encounter with Gore. She says she has evidence of the attack, including DNA from a pair of pants she was wearing that night four years ago.

Hagerty revealed her identity in the interview and the magazine quotes her as saying: "Al Gore is a pervert and sexual predator." More: National Enquirer story

Abuse alleged during October 2006 visit

In late 2006 and early 2007, Hagerty told police that Gore engaged in repeated, unwanted sexual contact while she was giving him a massage at the Hotel Lucia in Portland in October of 2006. During the initial police investigation, she declined to provide further details or press charges.

In 2009, Hagerty came to police and provided a lengthy statement describing the alleged abuse.

TIMELINE: Alleged Gore sex assault

Portland Police investigated her claims in 2007 and again in 2009 and determined there wasn't enough evidence to pursue the case. Police told KGW they never interviewed Gore.

FULL STORY: Massage therapist accuses Gore of sex assault

ALSO: Al, Tipper Gore separate after 40 years

KGW Reporter Anne Yeager contributed to this report

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