FORMER OREGON STATE REPRESENTATIVE PLEADS GUILTY TO OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT
A member of the Oregon House of Representatives from Eastern Oregon, who let raucus protesters into the State Capitol Building through a back door, has been convicted of official misconduct, banning him from the entire Capitol grounds. Former Oregon State Representative, Michael Nearman pled guilty to the crime of Official Misconduct in the First Degree.
The conviction stems from an incident on December 21st, when Nearman, then a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, intentionally allowed protesters into the Oregon State Capitol at a time when the building was officially closed. Once inside, the protesters, some of whom were armed, fought with law enforcement officers and caused damage to the building.
Nearman’s sentence includes 18 months of bench probation and orders him to perform 80 hours of community service work, pay $2,700.00 in restitution for the damage caused to the building, and bans him from the Oregon State Capitol and its grounds.
Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson stated that, “This plea and sentencing concludes an embarrassing and disgraceful event in our state’s history. I am thankful that no members of law enforcement, or anyone else were seriously injured as a result of Nearman’s irresponsible actions. Additionally, I am grateful to the Oregon State Police for their complete and thorough investigation that led to this conviction.”