Mult. Co. volunteer charged with sex abuse

Mult. Co. volunteer charged with sex abuse

Mult. Co. volunteer charged with sex abuse

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 1 at 11:23 AM

PORTLAND -- A volunteer for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has been arrested on sex abuse charges, police said Thursday.

MCSO Search and Rescue Head Advisor Brandon Liggett, 30, was arrested Wednesday and charged with having inappropriate relations with a minor who was part of the search and rescue team, according to Lt. Steve Alexander.

Liggett was lodged in the Washington County Jail on three counts of third-degree sex abuse.

The identity of the victim was not released.

"We take this allegation very seriously and are extremely concerned about the integrity of our SAR program and the safety of all its members," Alexander said. "As a result we made this investigation our number one priority immediately upon learning of the allegations."

The MCSO also requested the assistance of a detective from an outside agency in conducting the internal criminal investigation.

Liggett had been a member of the SAR unit for 16 years, Alexander said. Youth certification for volunteers can begin at 13 years old.

Anyone with more information was asked to call the sheriff's office at (503) 255-3600 and speak with Detective Ken Yohe.

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