EUGENE, Ore. - A 40-year-old deputy who works at the Lane County Jail faces accusations he raped an 18-year-old girl in Springfield, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said Friday.
Springfield Police arrested Matthew Hitson on charges of Rape in the First Degree, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor (under 21), and Delivery of Marijuana to a Minor (under 21). Hitson was booked Friday into the same jail where he works.
Springfield Police contacted the sheriff's office about the case Wednesday evening, the sheriff's office said.
Hitson has worked for the sheriff's office corrections division for 3 years.
"All issued Sheriff’s Office property has been confiscated, including Hitson’s uniforms, badge, identification, and weapon," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
The Sheriff’s Office is saddened a member of the organization may have been involved in actions that lead to the above charges, and the impact it has on our community. The conduct reported is not acceptable, and fails to meet the standards expected of members of the Sheriff’s Office. Hitson has been placed on un-paid administrative leave pending the resolution of the criminal charges. We appreciate the Springfield Police Department’s prompt attention to this matter and we will continue to cooperate with their investigation.