The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one of its own employees on domestic violence charges. A sheriff’s office supervisor became aware of allegations on May 14, concerning a Clackamas County Jail deputy’s recent trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.
That employee — Brandon Kearns, 34, of Oregon City — was immediately placed on administrative leave upon reporting to work the following day. A criminal investigation followed, led by Sheriff’s Office investigators working with detectives from Milwaukie PD. The Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office was also notified and consulted on the matter.
As a result of their investigation, detectives determined there was probable cause to arrest Kearns on one charge of strangulation stemming from a separate incident that allegedly occurred in Clackamas County in January 2019.
The incidents in Las Vegas and Clackamas County both involve Kearns’ ex-girlfriend. Brandon Kearns was arrested last week and booked at the Clackamas County Jail on one count of felony Strangulation. Bail was set at $100,000.
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 on Kearns’ trip. Kearns has worked at the Jail since September 2008.
In response to the arrest, Sheriff Craig Roberts issued the following statement:
“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.”
A Safe Place Family Justice Center:
Clackamas Women’s Services:
24-hour crisis line: 503-654-2288