Deputy district attorney in hot water

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NEWPORT, Ore. – A prosecutor is accused of using his office to try to obtain sex from a woman who owed child support.

The 58-year-old prosecutor, Rand Overton, joined the Lincoln County district attorney's office in 1993 as a deputy district attorney. He was indicted Thursday in four counts of official misconduct in the first degree and two counts of attempted coercion.

"Government officials must be held to the highest standards," said Attorney General Kroger, who issued a prepared statement Monday. "Prosecutors wield great power and must not abuse it."

Assistant Attorney General Dan Wendel is prosecuting the case for the Oregon Department of Justice.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, promote a positive business climate, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Overton is on administrative leave pending the results of the criminal case.

We're told officials received a complaint about Overton Nov. 12 and put him on leave that day. Officials then asked the Attorney General's Office to investigate.

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