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Marion Co. Jail worker accused of official misconduct

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MARION COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A civilian employee of the Marion County jail is accused of having inappropriate interactions with inmates at the Marion County Jail.

Nathaniel Johnston, 33, faces three counts of first degree official misconduct.

He was arraigned on the charges Thursday morning.

Johnston is due back in court on July 1.

He started working as a Facility Security Aide in February 2007 and has been on administrative leave since April 22, 2013, investigators said.

Deputies told FOX 12 the inappropriate interaction began in May of 2012 and went on for about a year.

Sheriff's Office officials learned about the allegations that lead to the charges last month.

After conducting an initial review, it appeared that the conduct may have constituted a violation of state laws, deputies said.

Consistent with Sheriff's Office policy, the Linn County Sheriff's Office conducted an independent investigation into the allegations.

The results of that investigation were submitted to the Marion County District Attorney's office for review and charges were filed on May 20.

Sheriff Jason Myers commented, "As an Office, we support our employees and stand behind them when they make sound decisions. However, every decision must adhere to the standards of our policies, procedures, office code of ethics and the public's trust in our office. If they don't, we are committed to being accountable."

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