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Former deputy charged with official misconduct

A former Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been charged with first-degree official misconduct for alleged conduct while he was still working for the sheriff’s office.

Todd French, 41, of the 2300 block of Highgate Street in Medford has a pre-trial conference hearing scheduled on Nov. 19 for the misdemeanor charge, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert said she cannot discuss details of the allegation while the case is still pending.

Because French worked in law enforcement, the prosecution is being handled by Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Ian Ross to avoid any conflict of interest, Heckert said.

Ross said he cannot discuss a pending case.

French’s retained attorney, Peter Carini, also said he could not speak about the case.

An indictment alleges French “on or between May 20, 2018 and June, 2018, in Jackson County, Oregon, being a public servant, to-wit: a Sheriff’s Deputy employed by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, did unlawfully and knowingly perform an act, which act constituted an unauthorized exercise of his official duties, with intent to obtain a benefit.”

Heckert said French is no longer employed at the sheriff’s office.

French was charged with first-degree official misconduct in mid-October. He was processed at the Jackson County Jail and released on his own recognizance on Thursday.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

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