Former Lane County deputy accused of sexual misconduct

A criminal case has been referred to the Lane County District Attorney's Office.

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 1:27 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2021 8:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A now-former Lane County Sheriff’s deputy is under criminal investigation after reports of sexual misconduct.

The sheriff’s office said they initially received a complaint regarding Stacy Fenley on Oct. 7, 2020. The report indicated he was exchanging sexual texts with a community member while on duty.

Fenley was placed on paid administrative leave the following day and an investigation began. However, that same day, the internal investigation was put on hold when authorities found indicators of potential criminal conduct.

The Eugene Police Department was given the reins to conduct a criminal investigation into Fenley’s conduct.

“We have a responsibility to the community to investigate, without bias, allegations of misconduct and remove those who are no longer serving their community professionally," Sheriff Cliff Harrold said. "While it is extremely disheartening that a member of our agency may have engaged in the alleged behavior, we are thankful to the community members who bravely reported their concerns."

Investigators have completed their work and referred the case to the Lane County District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Patty Perlow responded to the case: "I can confirm the matter was referred to my office for prosecution and is under investigation."

KEZI 9 News reached out to Fenley through social media for a comment, but he took down his social media accounts shortly after.

Fenley is no longer employed by the sheriff’s office as of Jan. 26 this year.

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