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Multnomah County deputies seek potential victims of alleged cop impersonator

Christopher Denton, 31, is accused of impersonating a police officer and having "inappropriate and unwanted contact" with a woman dating back to 2018.
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Multnomah County sheriff's deputies are seeking potential victims of a man who allegedly impersonated a police officer and had "inappropriate and unwanted contact" with a woman dating back to 2018, according to law enforcement.

Christopher Denton, 31, is already in custody on federal gun and drug-related charges, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) said in a new release Thursday.

While investigating Denton, MCSO Special Investigations Unit deputies learned that Denton had been driving a 2011 Dodge Charger believed to be a decommissioned police vehicle. Deputies believe that he was using the vehicle to impersonate a police officer. 

Deputies said Denton has ties to Gresham, outer Southeast Portland and North Portland. 

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Christopher Denton

He's accused of fleeing from deputies near Southwest 19th Avenue and West Burnside Street on Jan. 20 of this year as they tried to serve a search warrant on his vehicle. According to MCSO, he drove over a curb, onto the sidewalk and sped away as deputies commanded him to get out of the car. They did not pursue him due to safety reasons.

A bag of suspected fentanyl pills and a digital scale were later found inside his vehicle but, according to the Multnomah County jail roster, he was not arrested until mid-February. 

Anyone who may have been exploited by Denton is urged to contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-988-0560 regarding case 22-20797. You can also submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of Oregon. 

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