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How about a follow-up to former Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Matt Chancellor? Whatever became of the state investigation on him?

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While the Oregon State Bar proceeds with its investigation of Matt Chancellor's alleged misconduct with a rape victim, the former prosecutor has been racking up criminal charges around the state.

A hearing today in Jackson County Circuit Court was scheduled to determine if Chancellor, 37, violated conditions of his release agreement following a Feb. 10 run-in with Central Point officers. Charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct are pending in the local Circuit Court, but the case has been assigned to Josephine County Circuit Court Judge Pat Wolke to avoid a conflict of interest. (Correction: See below.)

Oregon State Police in May arrested Chancellor in Douglas County, where he allegedly attempted to elude troopers while driving recklessly and under the influence of intoxicants. Those charges, which include a felony, also are pending, according to court records.

Chancellor, who lists a Salem address, is wanted in Clackamas County for failure to appear at a hearing to revoke his DUII diversion agreement. He pleaded guilty in December to the crime, according to court records.

If he doesn't land in jail, Chancellor could be suspended from practicing law or disbarred. The bar association will appoint a trial panel "fairly soon" to determine whether Chancellor's interaction with a rape victim created a conflict of interest or harmed the administration of justice, said spokeswoman Kateri Walsh.

District Attorney Mark Huddleston's internal investigation concluded that Chancellor met the victim and some of her friends at a downtown Medford bar. They danced, played pool and sang karaoke, before going to Chancellor's house where some sexual touching took place.

In his response to the bar, Chancellor admitted that he lied to Huddleston about drinking the night he met the victim downtown. He explained that he has "a problem with alcohol" for which he has undergone treatment. The bar will also examine whether Chancellor engaged in dishonest behavior that reflects adversely on his fitness to practice law.

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Correction: The court Judge Pat Wolke serves in was incorrect in the original version. It has been corrected here.

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