Clackamas deputy arrested for strangulation

Clackamas County
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Clackamas County deputy was arrested by the department for allegedly strangling his ex-girlfriend in January of this year.

The investigation into Brandon Kearns began May 14 when a sheriff’s office supervisor got a tip about domestic violence that happened when Kearns recently took a trip to Las Vegas. Kearns was put on administrative leave and the investigation moved to include Milwaukie police detectives.

The case led authorities to arrest the 34-year-old deputy on a felony strangulation charge that happened in Clackamas County in January. He’s being held in the county jail on $100,000 bond.

Kearns has worked at the jail for 11 years. Once he’s officially booked officials said his administrative leave will become unpaid.

Both incidents involved Kearns’ ex-girlfriend, the sheriff’s office said.

The cases remain under investigation and now include the Las Vegas Metropolitatn Police Department.

Detectives continue to investigate the local case, and are working with investigators from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to investigate the alleged crimes that occurred in LVMPD’s jurisdiction.

In a statement, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said, “We take all domestic violence allegations seriously. These allegations are being swiftly and thoroughly investigated by our detectives, working with our partners at Milwaukie PD, the DA’s Office and in Las Vegas. I urge anyone impacted by domestic violence to contact A Safe Place Family Justice Center or Clackamas Women’s Services.”

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