Clark County deputy investigated for misconduct

If sustained, the allegations could lead to criminal charges

Detective Kevin Harper of the Clark County Sheriff's Office holds a pile of paperwork he has gathered on a missing person case he is working on in February 2003. (Courtesy of The Columbian)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy has been placed on administrative leave for alleged misconduct that could result in criminal charges.

The Washington State Patrol’s criminal investigations unit is investigating the allegations against Deputy Kevin Harper with the major crimes unit. The sheriff’s office said if the allegations are sustained, they would violate department policies.

Prosecutor Tony Golik requested the Attorney General’s help to prosecute if there are criminal charges.

“I take allegations of misconduct very seriously,” Sheriff Chuck Atkins said in a statement. “We are acting quickly and aggressively to address these issues. I will not tolerate the type of behavior which has been alleged.”