OSP Captain Bill Fugate charged with domestic violence

Oregon State Police Captain Bill Fugate - Photo from Multnomah County Communications

BEND, Ore. – Oregon State Police Captain Bill Fugate has been charged with two counts of harassment, accused of domestic violence incidents in May and June of 2017.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel reviewed the criminal allegations involving Fugate’s wife and found reason to file the harassment charges.

Fugate was placed on administrative leave in March, though investigators initially did not release details into the case.

The DA’s office reviewed five other allegations of domestic violence for incidents from 2007 to 2016, however, officials said the incidents are barred by the state’s statute of limitations.

Fugate’s first court appearance on the charges is on July 10.

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Below is a statement from District Attorney Hummel:

“Unfortunately, domestic violence is far too common in our community. People are abused by people they love in rural and urban areas. Abusers and victims are rich and poor. Prominent and obscure people equally hurt their significant others. Survivors of domestic violence often feel trapped and helpless regardless of their resources. These allegations against William Fugate are similar to hundreds of domestic violence cases my office prosecutes every year. We need to re-double our efforts to protect women from abusive partners.”

Oregon State Police also issued a response to news of the charges that Fugate faces:

The Oregon State Police appreciates the prompt and thorough investigation by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the subsequent review by the District Attorney’s Office. Pursuant to OSP practices, we will immediately begin the due process procedure to modify Captain Fugate’s duty status to unpaid administrative leave- now that a charging instrument has been issued.

The agency will manage a concurrent personnel investigation into Captain Fugate’s employment status, so not to interfere with the criminal investigation. Any inquiries into the status of the criminal investigation should be referred to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.

Statement from Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton

“While Captain Fugate is entitled to due process, the Oregon State Police strongly condemns acts of domestic violence, which is especially alarming and disgraceful when involving a police officer. Conduct of this nature is grossly unacceptable and employees that engage in these actions have no place in law enforcement.”

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