PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman visiting from Las Vegas claims a Portland police officer sent her inappropriate text messages, stripped in her hotel room and demanded sexual favors after he responded to her call for help.
The woman’s attorney told KOIN 6 News the incident happened over the July 4 weekend. She was in Portland visiting her boyfriend when the two got into a fight and he physically assaulted her. She called police to file a report and Jeromie Palaoro was one of the responding officers.
The woman then checked into a Northwest Portland hotel. Later that night, she claims she received text messages from Palaoro that said things like: “Wish I could have given you a hug” and “Probably not appropriate for me to say, but could I come see you or call if you would like, I’m a good listener.”
According to the woman’s claims, the officer showed up at her hotel room several hours later. He took off his clothes and demanded she give him a massage. She admits she did give Palaoro a back massage but she claims he groped her and asked for sexual favors.
The alleged incident lasted for 7 hours and the woman called police the next day.
She has since filed a tort claim notice with the city, meaning she intends to sue.
The Portland Police Bureau gave KOIN 6 News the following statement:
The Portland Police Bureau is actively conducting a criminal and internal affairs investigation into this matter. The investigation began prior to the tort claim notice being filed with the City of Portland on July 9, 2015.
Pending the outcome of this investigation, Officer Jeromie Palaoro, a seven-year-veteran of the Bureau, was transferred to the Personnel Division from East Precinct on July 9, and at present is on paid leave.
The Portland Police Bureau takes allegations of misconduct seriously and cannot comment any further as this remains an ongoing investigation.
Once the investigation is complete, it will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and the Bureau’s Performance Review Board.