PacU veep granted leave after arrest

Pacific University VP Michael Mallery in Washington County court on sex abuse charges, Jan. 22, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Pacific University VP Michael Mallery in Washington County court on sex abuse charges, Jan. 22, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — Michael Mallery, accused of sexually abusing a family member, was granted a leave of absence from his job as Pacific University’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

The 48-year-old surrendered to authorities Tuesday after being told he was indicted by a grand jury.

KOIN 6 News learned an alert from the Oregon Department of Human Services tipped off the investigation.

“We conducted an investigation and learned there were some previous allegations that were very similar, and those two items were wrapped together by the DA’s office,” said Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Vance Stimler. “Sometimes when you re-review a case, different decisions can be made.”

Mallery was hired as CFO in March 2010, and previously held a similar position at OHSU for seven years.

“Well, I think it’s very unfortunate. I like Mike. He’s been a good colleague here,but there are things about his life I don’t know, too,” said his colleague, Professor James Sheedy. “So I just hope that the best happens here, whatever that is.”

Student Becca Klassy said the fact he’s an administrator makes it slightly different.

“If he was somebody who interacted more like a professor, I would definitely be more concerned,” she said.

Pacific University officials declined a KOIN 6 News request for an interview, but said they are supporting Mallery during these legal proceedings.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s