- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A newspaper reports that the head of patrol operations at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office resigned after learning he was the subject of an internal investigation into his affair with a subordinate female employee.

The Bulletin reports ( https://bit.ly/1RClJW4 ) that Erik Utter, who announced his resignation Feb. 24, admitted to having a sexual relationship with another sheriff’s office employee in an interview with an internal investigator Feb. 29. Utter announced he was resigning from the office two days after learning he was being investigated. In a public statement after his resignation he said he was resigning due to a “mistake” in his personal life.

The Bulletin reports that Utter was the third captain in less than three years to depart the office after an affair with a female subordinate.

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