An east Medford man who worked as a local deportation officer with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office is accused of close to a dozen felony charges alleging sex crimes involving at least one family member.
Blake V. Northway, 55, of the 3500 block of South Village Drive, was arrested Thursday evening on 10 felony counts of first-degree sodomy along with a single felony count of incest, according to a press release issued by Oregon State Police and Jackson County Jail records.
Northway, who had been assigned to ICE’s Medford office, has been “relieved of all authority” and will be placed on leave pending results of the criminal investigation. As of Saturday evening, Northway remained held in Jackson County Jail on $1 million bail.
None of the charges are related to Northway’s position with ICE, according to Oregon State Police, who assisted ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility in the investigation that led up to Northway’s arrest, but additional details were not released.
Under Oregon law, first-degree sodomy is a Class A felony that typically includes cases of oral or anal sexual intercourse that could involve victims younger than 16 years old who are related by blood to the suspect or suspect’s spouse, cases where the victim was subjected to the intercourse by “forcible compulsion” or cases where the victim was younger than 12 years old.
The charge of incest is a Class C felony under state law, and involves any form of sexual intercourse with a person known to be related by blood.
Jackson County Circuit Court records were unavailable Saturday evening; however, jail records show that his charges have a court case number.
ICE Public Affairs Officer Tanya Roman issued the following statement:
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold its officers to the highest standards of professional conduct and does not tolerate those who violate the law," said ICE Public Affairs Officer Tanya Roman. "ICE will continue to cooperate until this case has been resolved. “