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Portland police chief on 2002 confrontation with stepson: 'Not my finest hour'

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Portland Police Bureau Chief Mike Marshman (KPTV file image) Portland Police Bureau Chief Mike Marshman (KPTV file image)

The newly appointed chief of the Portland Police Bureau released a statement about the 2002 confrontation that saw him grab his stepson and shove the teen up against a wall.

"I realize that this encounter was not my finest hour as a parent and is a moment that I regret," Chief Mike Marshman said in a written statement Tuesday.

Police confirmed to FOX 12 last week that Marshman was the subject of an investigation in 2006 about the 2002 incident involving his stepson, as Marshman was going through a divorce.

The investigation began after two anonymous letters were sent to the Internal Affairs Division in 2006. The letters claimed Marshman had abused his stepson in the past.

The case was presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, but charges were not filed as prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence for a felony case and the statute of limitations had run out for a misdemeanor crime.

The Internal Affairs Division also investigated and the allegations were found to be "unproven."

Marshman said he was contacted by members of the media last week about the 2006 investigation.

"In reading the investigative reports for the first time this weekend, I was reminded of and felt sadness over a failed relationship," Marshman said in a written statement Tuesday.

Police records show Marshman's ex-wife and stepson told investigators that in 2002 Marshman picked up the teen by the neck, choked the breath out of him and dented a wall with his head. The dent was still in the wall when detectives went back four year later, according to the police report.

According to police records, Marshman left prints around the 17-year-old's throat.  

A spokesperson for Mayor Charlie Hales said the mayor was not aware of the 2006 investigation before appointing Marshman chief.

Hales released a statement Tuesday saying, "I appreciate Chief Marshman's willingness to make his record and this investigation public. It can't be easy to have one's challenges as a step parent available for public scrutiny."

Marshman was appointed to the bureau's top spot after former Chief Larry O'Dea announced his retirement late last month amid several internal and external investigations into a shooting involving O'Dea that injured his friend.

Marshman acknowledged Tuesday that, "This is a time where the members of the community as well as the members of the Portland Police Bureau have lost faith in its leaders."

Marshman said he directed the bureau to release the investigative files from the 2006 case, as well as his personnel file. They were posted on the city's website Tuesday at this link and this link.

"I hope that by releasing this information and talking about it, it will demonstrate that my commitment for the bureau to be transparent and accountable starts with me," Marshman said.

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