Medford officer indicted on misconduct charges

A Medford police officer has been indicted on charges of menacing and first-degree official misconduct for allegedly threatening a 15-year-old boy who had run away from the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center.

Officer Travis Henson was placed on administrative leave on May 29, the day after the allegations were made, a news release about the charges said today.

A juvenile justice worker called Oregon State Police May 28 to report that a boy brought to the detention center said he had been threatened by Henson. The teen was taken into custody by Henson twice within 12 hours for running away from the detention center, police said.

The teen reported that Henson took him to a location that was outside the route to the center and threatened him with both physical harm and Taser use if he ran away again, the news release said.

Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston asked the Douglas County District Attorney Office to review the criminal allegations uncovered by the OSP investigation.

Douglas County prosecutors made their case to a Jackson County grand jury Wednesday, and the grand jury returned the indictment.

The Medford Police Department has started an internal affairs investigation in this matter, officials said.

Henson has worked at the department since July 2003. If he is found to have committed crimes, violated departmental standards of conduct or violated the public’s trust, he will face disciplinary action that could include termination, officials said. Officials noted that he is entitled to due process to explain and to defend his actions.

- Anita Burke

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