Sheriff’s Office corporal charged with sex abuse

The coworker reported ongoing sexual harassment on Dec. 6

Washington County Sheriff's Office Jail Division corporal Kevin Kearns, 45, was arrested and charged for on-duty sex abuse and harassment against a coworker on Dec. 14, 2017 (Courtesy: WCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Based on an internal investigation, a corporal in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division was arrested on Thursday and charged with sexual abuse after a coworker reported ongoing sexual harassment by the man while the 2 were on-duty, the Sheriff’s Office announced.

Kevin Kearns, 45, has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2006. He was booked into Washington County Jail. He was also charged with harassment.

On Dec. 6, deputies said a coworker of Kearns’ in the jail division reported ongoing sexual harassment. Kearns was placed on administrative leave and and the Sheriff’s Office started an investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office said an internal investigation will be conducted.