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Retired PPB Officer Scott Groshong Arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court - 10/26/20

On October 20th the Multnomah County Grand Jury issued a secret indictment charging retired Portland Police Officer Scott Groshong, 50, with Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons (Class B Felony), Assault in the Third Degree (Class C Felony), Official Misconduct in the First Degree (Class A Misdemeanor), and Official Misconduct in the Second Degree (Class C Misdemeanor).

The charges stem from an incident alleged to have occurred in the area of NW 9th and NW Everett Street in Portland on the night of June 15, 2020 while Groshong was on duty in an undercover capacity conducting surveillance during a protest.

The Portland Police Bureau initiated a criminal investigation into the incident on June 29, 2020.  At the time, Officer Groshong was notified of the criminal investigation and placed on modified duty.  On July 1, 2020, the Portland Police Bureau requested the Salem Police Department take over the criminal investigation.

Due to a conflict, then-Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill appointed the Marion County District Attorney’s Office as a special prosecutor.

Groshong retired from the Portland Police Bureau in August 2020 while the investigation was pending.

On October 22, 2020 Groshong turned himself in to law enforcement and was released on his own recognizance.   On October 26, 2020, he was arraigned on the secret indictment at the Multnomah County Justice Center.  His next court date is scheduled for December 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Bushong.

Oregon Law prohibits the release of confidential grand jury information by any person, except for the district attorney or a law enforcement agency in effectuating an arrest.  Neither the Marion County District Attorney’s Office nor Salem Police Department was the source of any previously reported or published confidential information.

Prior to today's arraignment, inaccurate and incomplete information from unknown sources was improperly reported to the public commenting on a pending confidential criminal indictment.  The publication of inaccurate or incomplete information in any criminal matter is contrary to the proper function of the criminal justice system in Oregon.  It misleads the public, creates confusion, and may violate the due process of an accused or the constitutional rights of a victim. 

Any person with information about this case may contact Salem Police at 503-588-8477.

As this is a pending criminal case, no further information will be released.

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