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Correctional Worker Accused of Sexual Misconduct

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon Department of Corrections employee has been indicted on sexual misconduct charges.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 54-year-old Renee Larsen is accused ofhaving sex with an inmate while on the job at Portland’s Columbia River Correctional Institution multiple times between January and August of 2017, according to the Tuesday indictment.

Multnomah County district attorney Rod Underhill filed 18 charges against Larsen, including five counts of alleged custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree.

Larsen also faces 10 counts of second-degree custodial sexual misconduct, official misconduct and tampering with a witness. The indictment alleges Larsen directed a witness to withhold testimony in an official proceeding.

An Oregonian/OregonLive investigation in January found that Larsen, who worked as an office specialist, is one of 53 DOC employees who have been on paid leave. The investigation revealed that Larsen was paid a salary of $35,384 in 2018 to stay home from work.

It wasn’t known if she has a lawyer.

Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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