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Inspector General: Former US attorney for Oregon lied about affair

Amanda Marshall (File/AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Former U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall violated sexual harassment laws while having an affair with a subordinate and lied about the relationship when confronted, federal authorities said Tuesday.

The Office of the Inspector General released the findings in a brief investigative summary that did not identify Marshall by name. A government official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed it's about Marshall.

The inspector general said Marshall won't face criminal prosecution, but the findings will be forwarded to the Office of Professional Responsibility. That office will decide whether her conduct warrants referral to appropriate bar authorities.

Attorney Charese Rohny, who represented Marshall at the time of her resignation, said she would speak with Marshall about whether to comment on the investigation.

Marshall cited health problems stemming from post-traumatic stress disorder when she resigned last year amid rumors she had an inappropriate relationship with an assistant U.S. attorney and harassed him with unwanted text messages when the affair ended.

The inspector general found that the "intimate personal relationship" lasted for more than a year and the U.S. attorney continued to participate in work-related matters involving the subordinate. Investigators determined that the relationship, and the "multiple harassing communications," violated sexual harassment laws and regulations.

The summary said Marshall lied about the nature of the relationship when confronted, violated instructions not to have contact with the assistant U.S. attorney and tried to impede the investigation by telling the subordinate that he was the subject of the probe and should not speak with the inspector general.

John Lavinsky, counsel to the inspector general, declined to discuss specifics of the case and identified the Privacy Act as the reason for shielding the U.S. attorney's name.

An Obama appointee, Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2011 and began her work as U.S. attorney that October. She was replaced by Billy J. Williams in 2015.

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Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report from Washington.

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Copyright 2016 The Associated Press

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