PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A corrections officer at the Coffee Creek Correctional Center in Wilsonville has been arrested in a sexual misconduct case, authorities say.
Oregon State Police said Edgar Mickles, 50, was arrested on Wednesday and booked into the Washington County Jail. He faces charges of sexual misconduct I, sexual misconduct II and official misconduct I.
Detectives started investigating Mickles in February after OSP was notified by the Oregon Department of Corrections of alleged misconduct by one of their staff members.Court documents showed he allegedly had “deviate sexual intercourse” with an inmate at the women’s correctional facility.
After the investigation, Mickles was arrested without incident.
The investigation is ongoing.
Women in Prison Project Director Julia Yoshimoto said in a statement:
“We’re deeply concerned to hear of allegations of yet another incident of this type occurring at Coffee Creek. The facility has a well-documented history of problems with inappropriate relationships between staff and the women who are imprisoned there. While the details of this particular situation are not yet public – and Officer Mickles has not been convicted – we think it’s important to highlight that sexual relationships between inmates and staff are illegal with good reason. Even in cases where a relationship may be consensual on its face, there is in fact no such thing as true consent. This is because the imbalance of power between correctional officers and women is so great and there’s significant risk to the women of negative consequences for a relationship gone wrong.”